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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Before my twilight years, I was an activist for social and political change, working for civil rights, women's rights, worker's rights, peace and justice. My involvement in women's liberation of the 70s has been documented in two books: "Feminism in the Heartland" by Judith Exekiel, (The Ohio University Press, 2002); and "Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975" (University of Illinois Press, 2006). Today, I stay close to my computer, writing books for young adults (9 to 90), and currently working on a six-book series set in Southern Ohio, which depicts six generations of the fictional Douglas family from 1803 to 1937 and using the major social and political movements of those times as a backdrop for the stories.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Print-on-Demand, also known as POD, is the quickest way to get a manuscript in book form. It is the less expensive method of self-publishing and will not interfere with the path to traditional (mainstream) publishers, who are reluctant to accept new writers. Even if a POD book never gets accepted by mainstream publishers, writers have the satisfaction of seeing their book in print, and having it available for purchase on the worldwide internet.

When I searched for a POD publisher for my first book, The Foothill Spirits--Book One (Frontier Life & the Shawnees), written for young adults, I chose iUniverse.com. But first I purchased a book online from them: to see how long it took for printing and delivery; to see with my own eyes how the exterior and interior looked; and to evaluate the quality of the writing. It met my standards, so I published Book One in 2001, but later revised it and had it republished in 2005, when it received the coveted Editor's Choice designation. In 2002, I published a manuscript that had been rejected several times by mainstream publishers over forty years ago--The Mystery of the Red-Brick House. And more recently, in 2006, I published The Foothill Spirits--Book Two (Shawnees & Runaway Slaves).

Yes, I must promote my books myself, but most authors these days are expected to do promotional tours, give interviews, etc. I waited until I completed Book Two (of a six-book series) to begin my marketing plan, with quidelines provided by iUniverse. More on this later.


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