People often ask me what is it that I do for a living. I actually do many things but they all have a common link: words. I put words on paper and on the Web, for myself and for others.
As a publisher my skills are in:
Bookmaking: No gambling involved, other than the gamble all authors take when they write a book. In this context, the type of bookmaking I do for authors includes:
Self-Publishing: My first book, How to Survive Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis, was published in 2003 by Perigee, a division of Penguin Putnam. In 2011 publishing rights reverted back to me and my co-author, Gay Courter. My company has republished the book in print and ebook versions, changing the cover design, interior typography, and page size.
I have self-published more than ten books in print and ebook versions as well as helped other authors self-publish their books. Self-publishing eliminates the need for an agent (to present the author’s book to publishing houses, negotiate terms, and act as intermediary between author and publisher), a book proposal for non-fiction books (sometimes harder to write than the actual book), and the lengthy process through editors, copy editors, marketing reps, graphic artists, and typesetters.
I particularly enjoy being able to publish shorter books for the Kindle at a much lower price to the reader. These Kindle ‘shorts’ focus on relationship issues such as midlife divorce, cyber cheating, and dating after divorce.