Oh my! I just spent eight hours in the car riding home from a couple of days with my mother-in-law in her tiny apartment while Hubby did her taxes, and I ‘m tired. Then I checked my e-mail and found a link to a blog about the pros and cons of self-publishing, and now I’m really exhausted! This ongoing debate is so controversial.

Seriously, When I finish this project, my inclination is to self-publish, using one of the Print-On-Demand (POD) options. There is one small press I may run it by, maybe two, and if neither of them bite, I’ll definitely do it POD. My attitude may be a little different from most authors. I’m not writing this to prove anything, except perhaps to prove that I can keep my commitment to myself to finish this with no external deadline. Of course I want to do the best job I can, and of course I’ll give it all the due care I would if someone else were publishing it. After all, this is my story.

One thing I know for sure is that I’m not going to invest thousands of dollars in bringing it to press and promoting it — not even hundreds. That’s not what it’s about. I’m writing it for the experience of writing it and the insight I derive from the process.  The result will be of interest to my family, many friends from back then, and hopefully others in the general public. Those who are intended to read it will find it. I’m not writing it for critics or book reviewers, though I hope they’ll find it a great reading experience. That is one part of the project I am crystal clear on. End of story.

I realize this may be a slightly deviant attitude, and isn’t it a wonderful world it is that we can still have it both ways: those who think like I do can make our book available with little or no investment, and those who want a traditional publisher are still able to keep looking. I’ve already worked with a traditional publisher on two editions of Meetings: Do’s, Don’ts and Donuts and The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. Been there, done that. A serious self-publishing experience maybe in order now.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of words and untold revisions lie between now and the final decision.