Upon it's completion last spring, I turned to my author friend Jane Kirpatrick for advice on how to proceed. She gave me the name of another author Roger Hite, who had published 12 books with a Print on Demand company. Roger offered to assist me in any way I needed. And so my journey began. With a couple of e-mails to Roger he walked me through the process and made some good suggestions then I was off and running on my own. The experience was positive and exciting. The process allowed me as much control as I wished and gave me complete creative freedom. I was able to design my book and the cover using my photography knowing that they, (the POD publishers) would not let me make a drastic mistake, at least not without warning me first. They wanted me to have a quality end product. In the end, when I received my final proof and clicked on the "accept" button, I felt confident that I had a professional looking product, and I did.
My biggest concern now is marketing. In order for a POD book to be seen and purchased, you have to do the marketing. Unlike having a publisher who advertises for you, With POD you have to promote your product yourself. I am not a salesman, nor do I have the knowledge to know how to internet market or who to approach. Other than selling my books from home to friends and family, things on Amazon have been slow. I believe in this book. I know it is a well written product with contents that some people would be interestd in reading, I just have to fingure out how to get their attention.