Q: Who is your publisher/agent?

A: I don’t have an agent or a traditional publisher because I’m an independent writer – I self-publish. I use Amazon’s CreateSpace POD (Print On Demand) publishing service.

Q: Why CreateSpace?

A: It was not an easy decision. There are a lot of POD companies out there and they all have something to offer. I watched a lot of videos in which people sent the same book to two, three, or four different POD companies and them compared the physical product they got back. I read a lot of reviews and forum posts and blog posts about writers’ experiences with different POD companies. And in the end I went with CreateSpace because it seemed like the best option for an entry -level newbie who wanted a lot of WYSIWYG and a leg up in distribution.

CreateSpace is owned by Amazon. I know a lot of people who feel the same way about Amazon as I feel about the song “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.” (And how I feel is that I would like to go back in time and do pretty much anything in my power to ensure that it never existed.) But I also know people who are such big fans of Amazon that they even get their toilet paper with their Prime subscription.

Q: Why publish independently? Why not go the traditional route?

A: Because babysteps. I don’t have a lot of natural confidence which makes both selling my ideas and taking criticism very hard for me. Starting small and finding my way by trial and error has allowed me to find my strengths (so that I know what I can promote) and thicken my skin. Money is also a big consideration; I do not currently have the funds to hire professional editors and agents. My hope is that I will find what works for me, work it, make some small success, and then be able to take this success to a traditional publisher and say “Hey, look what I did all by myself. Now imagine what I could do with your help.”

Q: Will you write something for me?

A: Will you pay me? (If you think that sounded rude then you are not the kind of person I want to write for. I do write for exposure – on my own blog and with my own books, but if I take time away from my own endeavors I want to be reimbursed for that. I firmly believe in paying artists for their work.) If so, email me and we can talk about it.

Q: What’s with all the homesteading/self-sufficiency stuff in the archive?

A: Once upon a time that was the focus of this blog. It’s not my thing anymore but I can’t bring myself to delete/unpublish so much hard work. And hey, they’re still getting hits both here and on Pinterest.