David Middleton Edelen II
Re: Finally!! My first book is out!!
Top of the morn to you all!! I hope all are fairing well and in good health and spirits this morning! I am on top of the world my self!
I don't understand what the big mystery here is, and all this commotion about what it is to be published or something to be published. While I am no scholar, but to me, without looking in a dictionary, the word publish and the act of publishing or being published means simply that a book has been accepted for publication by any given publishing company. Then it was formatted, cover designed, size decided, paper cut to page size, etc., and was then printed out and made available to and for sale to the general public. To me that is what it means for something to be published. As far as my book goes, while perhaps not the best in the world and the publishing company may not be the best in the world, it is now in print and available to the public. I know several people who have ordered, recieved and read it and were delighted with them. The books look good (5 1/2" by 8 1/2"), are well made and sturdy, and the cover and all is very pretty and nice looking with a really neat design and/or pic on the front. All that have beheld, held, and/or read it loved it. So I reckon that the fact that it was accepted by a publishing company, was printed out and published, and has been read by many so far, then I reckon that that means it has indeed been published.
Another "thang", to put it in Southern jargon, someone also recently said that Publish America never sends the notices to the local newspapers. I will have to beg to differ. A lady here in Millbrook, also published with Pub Am, was gotten in touch with by our town's newspaper, who believes in promoting local authors and other talent, and was told that her publishing company had notified them via a press release of the impending release of her 2nd book. Well they did a fine interview with her and had a big article about her, with a nice little pic of her, on the front page of our newspaper.
Another local author, also published with Pub Am was also intereviewed a few weeks ago and they had a nice article and pic of her in the same paper. I am brand spanking new to all this so I really don't know much about this trade or Publish America, but perhaps Publish America has improved, who knows. But like I said, I have no problem with them and am very satisfied so far. The book is available on line at the websites of Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, and Amazon.com. May 2nd is the official release date though so we will have to wait and see what the future holds for me and my book and future books. But no matter what y'all, I will still be here, working at the prison I work at and writing in my spare time. I am not going to let this little bit of worry keep me down.