And Then What Happened? My Self-Publishing Diaries




Julie Gerstenblatt

imagesChapter One: Letting Go

It’s a moment in my life that’s hard to forget: I was at a shiva call eating a bagel with lox, schmoozing with friends and relatives of the deceased. I was positioned between the living and dining rooms of a split-level ranch, feet hurting from standing for so long, when my life as an unpublished author suddenly took a turn.

“I think you should self-publish your novel,” my friend Dan said. Dan’s father-in-law, Paul, the dad of one of my best friends, had died in his sleep a few days prior. Paul was a wonderful man, and, suddenly, he was gone. I had known him for most of my life.

“Never gonna happen.” I said. We chewed our bagels in companionable silence. My eyes focused on pictures of Paul’s family, smiling from silver frames atop the piano.

“But why not?” Dan pressed.

I shrugged. It’s not…

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2 comments on “And Then What Happened? My Self-Publishing Diaries

  1. Thanks for reblogging this. I’m glad we can share what we know and what we are learning along the way.

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