Dec 2

Ardie is On It's WAy

This week I finally finished my second book, ‘Ardie’s Big Secret’. I forwarded a copy to the U.S. Copy Right Office. This was merely a request for an update. I already had more than enough proof of when I created the story.

Ardie was actually my very first semi-published book. I wrote it about 1994 for a newsletter for my kid’s elementary school. That was before ‘The Girl Who Loved Pots’.

Also, when I first applied for a copyright for ‘The Girl Who Loved Pots’ (2016), I included three finished books, in the request. So, ‘Ardie’s Big Secret’, ‘The Girl Who Loved Pots’, and another book, ‘The Winning Team’, all have been copywritten.

Last year, when I decided to officially publish my books, I looked at Ardie first. It never felt right. So, I kept rewriting. There are over 40 versions, believe it or not. But, now, I think I finally have a story that I like.

There are quite a few housekeeping chores to clear up, but I’ll let you know when it’s actually available.

Nov 6

PG Library Response

I got my first reply from one of the libraries today. It was the PG Memorial Library System. Without reviews, they will put copies of your book in the libraries, sort of like a favor. I had previously given them four copies of "The Girl Who Loved Pots" to put in different libraries. I have checked a few times and people are actually checking my book out. That's pretty good, considering where the book is located. It's hidden in the stacks, really hard to find, even with the card catalogue info. So, YIPPEE!

Once I got the reviews, I wanted PG to reconsider actually purchasing the book. But, Ms. Butler wrote back today,

Hello, Ms. Seay,

Thank you for your recent letter. The four copies of your book, The Girl Who Loved Pots, that you previously donated to the library are sufficient to meet our needs at this time. If we need to purchase further copies, we will do so through our library vendor.

Thank you,

Sarah Butler

A little disappointing, but at least she took the time to respond.

Onward and upward!

Oct 26

" If you want to go far, go together."

There is a quote that is said to have African roots, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." I’m not sure of the origin, but after my first venture into self-publishing, I'm sure of its soundness.

I started writing "The Girl Who Loved Pots" on a whim years ago. It ended up being a conglomeration of memories from me, my friends, and my family. But the final production was the result of family and friends’ comments (not all good), suggestions, and corrections. It wasn’t perfect, but the effort demonstrated to me the importance of having people who truly care enough to make those comments, suggestions and corrections.

Once it was published, since it was a solo effort, I had no idea if I could sell one book. But, my friends and family came through there too. I know perfectly well that neither my 80+ year old aunt or my friend’s 80+ year old uncle would have had any interest in reading or purchasing a book called “The Girl Who Loved Pots”; but they, and several others, did just that because they cared.

So, yes, I could have gone through one of those self-publishing companies and got my book out there sooner. I may even have paid extra for a publicist and that may have quickened the process a bit. But, what I do know for sure is that if I have any measure of success, there are a bunch or wonderful people who stood with me to make sure I got as far as I possibly could. And for that I am truly thankful.