So I have been checking out other self-publishing avenues. Yesterday I played around with CreateSpace, and may go with them for Raid on Cochecho ( which, by the way, is wrapping up nicely!). Some publishing companies just ask way too much for a small (albeit award-winning) author like myself can afford.
So one thing I need to work on is self-discipline! I remember as a teenager reading how diligent authors would sit for 8 hours in front of the typewriter, staring at the blank sheet of paper until inspiration hit them. (Guess I really dated myself right then, didn't I?)
Nowadays (not that I have ever done this for 8 hours) if you stare at a blank computer screen too long you could ruin your eyes!
Well, thanks to my dear friend Kelly Z. Conrad, author of SHAMAN , I have worked out the last few kinks in the remaining scenes. She's a terrific author and editor and you should really check her out! Her professional critiques are extremely helpful for an amateur like myself.
Just a reminder that Raid on Cochecho is fiction based on actual events , so there will be some deviations from the historical facts. For example, I try to keep the population of my stories down to a minimum so that the reader isn't bogged down with so many characters they can't keep track of them. For example, in Puritan Witch, Robert and Rebecca Eames had 4 children when in reality they had 8 children who grew to adulthood. I am still making contact with wonderful newly-discovered distant cousins who have read Puritan Witch and/or Letters to Kezia! Since I am descended from at least 6 families impacted by the Cochecho massacre, I expect to contact tons more! I really love discovering new cousins!
Some of the family names I am connected with are; Otis, Pittman, Heard, Ham, Horne and Varney. If you have investigated your own genealogy and have come across any of those surnames, you too might be a distant cousin!