Almost Famous. Publishing Beginner Style

January 2002
by Amelia Frahm

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This time last year nobody but me would have dreamed I would be invited to appear on the Rosie O Donnell Show and even I wouldn’t have imagined that my appearance would be canceled because of the threat of biological war.

I’m not exactly a large publishing conglomerate. I’m not even a respectable small independent. At present I’m a one-woman, one-book publisher. (Of course I plan to do more books.)

In October of 2000 I took a leap of faith and established the Nutcracker Publishing Company to publish a children’s book called Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy.

Your reaction to that statement probably has a lot to do with how much you know about publishing. If you’re new to the business you probably didn’t blink an eye but if you’ve been at it for a while and managed to survive you’re probably one of the people who — as I confided to the Rosie O Donnell Show — snickeredbehind my back when I announced I would be publishing a humorous children’s book about a Mommy surviving cancer.

On Beyond the Writing

No offense taken. I admit I catch myself snickering these days at other aspiring writers, who corner me at book signings to tell me they’re thinking of self-publishing.

I’m prepared to believe that what they’re writing is great and I still believe that you need to be a good writer to self-publish. But now I know that you also ne…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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