I’ve worked with traditional publishing for more than twenty years, and it’s been a real experience. I enjoy writing for publishers, but when it comes time for the royalty checks to come rolling in, they just don’t.

What cracks me up is that the editors and production people make annual salaries, and they have to be paid. But writers? They expect to get them for a song and dance because there are so many of us out there willing to do it for peanuts, just to have their names on a cover. I get that. I remember when I felt that way, but there’s a better way to do it!

Self-publish. When you do it online, it’s not terribly complicated, though you will need some tech skills, mainly with Word, creating .pdfs and if you want a good cover, graphics. You can, of course, hire people to do these things for you, but I opted to do it all. So, you may see this book in your local Amazon.com!

The Tragic Secret of Cyrus Crowe is a story about two fourteen-year-old girls that solve a haunting. I wrote it several years ago, and with all the rigamarole involved with publishing traditionally, I just never had enough time to get it sent out over the past five years. So, I decided to just do it myself.

The Tragic Secret of Cyrus Crowe is available in paperback or with Direct Publishing for Kindle.  If you have a kid between eight and ten, I know they’ll love it!

This just in from Gma Barb on Amazon.com:

“I read this book before giving it to my grand-daughter. I was surprised that it held my interest until the end. The book tells the tale of a pre-teen girl experiencing natural fears of unknown sounds and events when home alone. She becomes physically affected by her fears. Her best friend is understanding but thinks it’s all imagination until she shares in some of the events and they find themselves in a true mystery.

“My grand-daughter then read the book and liked it very much. She said that after telling one of her friends about it, the friend asked to borrow it. Her answer was, ‘Nope, I don’t want to lose it. I think I’ll read it again.'”

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