DAY 20  Did you publish your book as a traditionally printed book, an eBook, an audiobook, or all three? How did you come to your decision? Which company(ies) did you use for printing, formatting, recording, editing, and distribution? How did you select them?

I had told people for at least twenty years that I was going to write a book of adoption stories; I was pretty sure that a lot of people thought I never would reach my goal. When I learned I could join in the Phoenix Publishing and Book Marketing booth at the Tucson Festival of Books in March 2015, it gave me a deadline. I got ten copies of my book, Adoption: More Than By Chance, the day I drove to Tucson. I ordered fifty books, but a problem in shipping resulted in a short box of only ten.

Ten turned out to be enough books for that first foray into exhibiting the book. In the process of learning how to send the text to CreateSpace, I also learned how to re-format the book for e-book printing, so I re-formatted it myself and sent it to Kindle, also a company of Amazon.

I’m not proud to admit it, but I took the easy way out. I self-published, naming my publishing company after my parents’ song (Side by Side Publishing), and used Amazon’s print service, CreateSpace, to get a book into my hands. I was surprised that it was not as expensive as it would have been just a few years ago. I managed most of the editing of the final version myself and by having friends read and re-read the book. My new friends from the meetup, Eduardo Cervino and Lesley Sudders coached me through the final hours.

I proved to myself that I could do it. Perhaps– just perhaps – I can find a publishing company that will publish my next book, also on adoption. If I have no takers, I’ll go the self-publishing route again.

I learned a lot. The biggest lesson was: I could make my own dream come true.

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