Twelve Steps To Publish Your Book

Thank you to J.F Kaufmann for this blog post following up on the Calgary Public Library talk of Oct. 6th. Kaufmann has been featured on my other blog, Reading Recommendations.

The Red Cliffs Chronicles

When I first met Susan Toy, almost four years ago, I had already written my first book and had it edited.

The hard part was done, I thought, eager to see it published.

Susan said to me that day, “Be patient. Don’t publish your book before it’s ready.”

 “Is my book ready?” I asked myself when we parted.DSCN0003

No, I realized, it wasn’t, so I kept working on it. I rewrote entire chapters and shortened or expanded others.  I decided to split my book into two volumes. I made significant structural changes, and I even added two new characters. One of them would become the hero of my next book.

I published my Red Cliffs Chronicles when they were truly ready – almost three years after my conversation with Susan.

“Be patient” turned out to be the best piece of advice about self-publishing I ever received.

 On October 6th, at the Calgary Public Library, Susan presented her 

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