After retiring from my position as a middle school principal in 2011, I took a whole year to chronicle my life journey thus far and to plot a course for the road that lay ahead. The fruit of my labor is a memoir, which I self-published in 2013, under the title Retirement: A Journey not a Destination.
My purpose is not to detail here what a valuable experience that year of self-examination turned out to be. It’s all there in the book. You can preview it or read it for yourself on Amazon. It comes in Kindle or paperback. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=katherine+p+stillerman
Instead, I plan to use the next few posts to tell you about how I navigated through the independent publishing process and came up with a finished product, for less than $100.
After that, I will share my plans to publish my first novel. Hattie’s Place is a coming of age story, set in rural Pickens County, South Carolina, in 1907, and exploring the nuances of love, friendship, and loyalty. It really is a sweet and tender tale, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.
But I need to tell you about my foray into the world of self-publising first, because that’s what gave me the self-confidence to try my hand at fiction. And I’m guessing that if you are following this blog, you could be an aspiring writer who suffers like I do from a reluctance to put your work out there for the world to see. I love this quote from Erica Jong and wish I’d thought to say it this way:
I went for years not finishing anything, because of course, when you finish something you can be judged.