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It’s Never Too Late to Publish Your Book, Harry Bernstein Did it At 98!

What is keeping you from publishing your book?  Never to LateHarry Bernstein wrote 40 books but destroyed all of them because publishers wouldn’t publish them. Bernstein was 93 when his wife died and started writing to help cope with his grief. He spent three years writing his memoir called “The Invisible Wall.”

He sent the manuscript to many New York publishers, They all turned it down. Then he sent it to Random House in the UK, where it sat in a pile of manuscripts for a year before it was read by a publishing director who recognized it as inspired writing. It was published in 2007 when Mr. Bernstein was 98. He would write three more highly acclaimed books, all were published, up until his death at 101. Bernstein called his 90s, “the most productive years of my life.”

What a waste to have those first 40 books lost forever.  Can you imagine if he was able to self-publish them and keep the majority of the royalties from his book.  There are so many of you out there like Harry Bernstein who have books that the traditional publishing houses reject.  Now is the time to publish your first book.  Use the information on our website or buy our book, A Handyman’s Guide to Self-Publishing Your First Book for Free (or Almost Free).  It’s available online at Amazon and through our website Handyman Publishing.

Keep on writing.

Upcoming Self-Publishing Workshop

If you are in northern California on Saturday, January 10th, please join me for a self-publishing workshop.  It will be hosted by the Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, in Vacaville, between Sacramento and San Francisco, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Registration for the workshop is only $20.00.  The book, A Handyman’s Guide to Self-Publishing Your First Book for Free (or Almost Free) will be available to purchase at the workshop.  This is a hands-on, interactive workshop and a wireless tablet or laptop will be helpful, but not necessary.

In this workshop participants will be lead through step-by-step instructions on how to publish their book in paperback with Amazon’s CreateSpace and their e-book with Smashwords. Participants will be asked to answer questions that will guide them through the publishing process.

I hope to see you there.

Please contact the church office to register for the workshop, 707-447-0521.  The center is located at 350 North Orchard in Vacaville.

 

 

What is Wattpad?

How about the “world’s largest community of readers and writers.”  According to Wattpad there are 35 millions “wattpaders” reading 75 million stories, spending 9 billion minutes on Wattpad every month.  According to Wikipedia over 1000 stories are being uploaded every day.  The Wattpad website describes itself  as “a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.”  This is a unique relationship in real-time between the author and his or her readers.

Ashleigh Gardner, the Head of Content at Wattpad.com, describes Wattpad as “a very popular site for teens 13-18, but 35% of the site is 18-30. If you write YA or New Adult, you should be on Wattpad! Romance and sci-fi communities are very large. Without the gatekeepers, new trends and genres are also emerging. Urban fiction is a flourishing example. Fan fiction is hugely popular e.g. anything with One Direction.”

No matter what you write, this might be biggest well kept secret that no one knows about.  Wattpad is kind of like Facebook, but without the minute by minute descriptions of meaningless dribble.  Not to be dissing Facebook; there is definitely  a place in your author platform for Facebook.  Wattpad, on the other hand, is a platform that is used by readers.  Ninety percent of the 35 million people who use Wattpad are readers.  That means that only one out of ten people visiting Wattpad for those 9 billion minutes are readers.  The average time spent on Wattpad is 30 minutes.  There is plenty of room for writers.

It’s a simple process and free to join.  As a writer, you can upload your writing as you write or upload installments of your writing.  Readers find your writing and follow you, much like other social networks.  After following the readers receive notifications whenever a new chapter of a story is posted. Many writers share their work serially: posting stories one chapter at a time, so readers keep coming back.

I’m going to give it a try with my first novel, The Checkbook.

Here is a link to my story

Keep on writing!