And so it begins …

Hi there!

This is the first post on our official authors’ blog.

On September 3, 2015, we hope to FINALLY publish our book, “Camping With God,” an intimate look at what it means to walk by faith. It has been a long time coming.

During the past few months, I have read a plethora of advice on how to self-publish. And although, like most authors, I do not like the business side of publishing a book, it is a reality. So based on “expert” advice, I decided to follow some of their wisdom. Just in case you were wondering, here is how it went:

1. Pick a title that will allow your book to be readily accessed by the Amazon search engine.

Since some folks estimate that close to 4 million book titles are listed on Amazon, and no one is really sure how the algorithms it uses work, I waded through search-word options. My titles morphed from “Starting Over,” to “Life is a Symphony,” to “How to Walk by Faith.” But just because putting “How to” in a title sells more books, it didn’t make it right. After all, who were we to tell someone how to walk by faith? In the end, I ditched the search-word mindset and chose a title that I thought best reflects the book content. Let the rankings fall where they may.

2. Set up a blog so that your readers can contact you.

TA DA! According to the opinion of leading publishers, readers like to get to know their authors. And although I would love hearing from anyone who invested their valuable time reading something that I wrote, the question remains, do they really want to read an update on my blog? We will see! I hope I configured this so that you can easily post comments.

3. Design a cover that will enhance your message.

Well, that was not as easy as it sounded. I originally had a background pic of folks on a Texas trail ride. Get it? Walking on a new path? From the reference in Chapter 2, Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken?” Then I chose a pic of autumn leaves, because we were in the fall season of our lives. Then sheet music, in homage to the symphony reference. Then, winter snow with new growth, a nod to new beginnings. But finally, the pic below seemed to best reflect our camping sonata. I hope you like it.

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Thus concludes my first blog post.Thanks for stopping by.

Carry on in happiness.

Gracie