PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Valentine Brkich
When I was writing my next book, Bridgewater: A Narrative History of a Pennsylvania River Town, I researched starting my own publishing company. Then, at a writer’s conference, I met Dave Lieber, author of The Dog of My Nightmares. Dave published his book through his own company, Yankee Cowboy Press, and he convinced me that I could do the same.
So, when it came time to publish Bridgewater…, that’s just what I did. I started Bridge Street Books and used selfpublishing.com to help me get a good print quote. I ended up going with a company out of New York that was able to print my book at an extremely fair price. I ordered 1000 copies of the book, and in no time at all sold around 250 copies and completely recouped my investment. Any sales I make now are all profit.
I’ve also published it through Kindle Direct Publishing, which allows me to produce an e-book, free of charge, and then sell it for a reasonable price with a nice royalty too.
Although I’ve been working on a new book in my free time, recently I’ve been focusing most of my writing on my blog, valentinebrkich.com, where I write a post once or twice a month about my adventures in raising two young children. Once I publish a post, I link to it both in my Facebook status and on my Twitter feed (@valentinebrkich), which is a great way to get my writing out there to over 500 people with just a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse.
I think this is an exciting time for writers; one where we have choices in how we want to publish our books. I’m a big proponent of e-books and self-publishing, when it’s done right. Does that mean I wouldn’t answer the door if an agent or a publisher came a-knockin’? Of course not. But at least I know that it is possible to do it on my own.
A review of Bridgewater: A Narrative History of a Pennsylvania River Town from a Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards judge:
"I immediately engaged with this little town thanks to the author's great storytelling and the topic's uniqueness as an artifact of Americana. I've read quite a few local histories as part of this contest over the years, but this one stays with me."
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And in person at the Bridgewater BookFest on September 10, 2011.