Change in the Weather, Change in the Title…

New cover, What do you think?

As you can see it has been almost a year since I announced the completion of my fictional memoir ” Leaving Cleveland.” What am I up to? Well, as one literary agent expressed ” You are a good writer and this is a good story and we would be interested in representing you BUT……you are not famous, yet.” He was absolutely right. Not to be deterred, I decided to go the self-publishing route. I am have researching the best way and have learned a lot about self-publishing and publishing on demand. The more I have learned the clearer it became that for this book it is the best way. I have been in contact with BookBaby and have gotten all their info and costs. I will be also applying for a grant through the college I teach photography , Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. They award grants to help their faculty complete projects they are working on. If I do receive the grant, the wheels will be in motion and I hope to have this book out by early fall, just in time for the holiday season.

If you have been following my posts you will also notice that I have changed the title to Leaving Cleveland. When you follow the upcoming posts and read the book will make more sense. So please sign up for notices of new posts and tell your friends. If you are new to this blog , you can read some of the entries, although I will be submitting more entries in each new post as I keep you up to date with my experience of self publishing. I have also made a slight change to the cover, let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions. See if you can guess what the story is about by the cover….My goal is to post once a week and as things start to getting closer to publishing date even more.

Things Are Heating Up

I feel like I am running a marathon and they keep moving the finish line. Most of the anxiety is anticipating the arrival of my book in the mail. It was suppose to arrive on Friday, today is Saturday, but was delayed and now the arrival date is Tuesday. That said, everything is moving in the right direction. The book can now be preordered on Amazon or Bookbaby or any of your favorite bookseller.

Here is something I learned about selling books on Amazon….it is about the click . So even if you don’t purchase the book if you click on it on their site, Amazon keeps track of the clicks. The more clicks the book receives, the higher the ranking of the book and the more books they will have in stock for immediate shipment. So PlEASE check my book on AMAZON.

One other exciting piece of news is that I have been accepted into the Jewish Book Council with my book Leaving Cleveland. What that means is I will be put on their roster of Authors and might even be selected to go on books tours later this year to talk about my book. They have a membership of 70,000 dedicated readers. I am still in the process and will talk about this more, later.

I will be doing 2 book appearance. The first one is in Denver at the Society of Photographic Educators conference on the 18th of March. I am still waiting on the details and will put in in my next post. The second book appearance will be in Cleveland Heights on April 20th at Mac’sBack Book Store from 5 to 7.

There are a couple of other things I am waiting to hear about, one is that Cleveland Magazine is interested on writing an article about my book. I have sent them the E-Book and am awaiting to hear from the writer. The other is a long shot, but the Cultural Editor of NPR asked me to send her my book, “to take a look.” So a lot of exciting things happening and keeping my fingers crossed.

Finally for all my Kickstarter supports, As soon as receive the books in the next two weeks, I will be signing and sending them on to you….hang in there.

Off to take a walk but please share and subscribe to this newsletter for the latest updates .

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