Look here folks, the Penguin is back! Well, not really. You see, I'm off into the land of publishing and it's been pretty darn fun. I am happy to report that my two books are in the presses so to speak and will soon be released. One of them, Loveable Resident, is now in the stage where the professionals are polishing it all up. The other one, Life Lessons: Ruminations on Life as a Human on Earth by Mary Faderan, PhD, is getting dolled up with a nice cover and good diligence by the publisher. These publishers are separate from each other, but both are paid by me to publish my book.
I used to feel that the traditional way to publish books was DE RIGEUR. Not anymore. I am not rich, and I depend on getting my income from my books, so the sooner they get published, the better. I can't see how any author could wait over a year from the start where he or she reaches out to literary agents and then they in turn shop the books to different publishers. At least, for my purposes now, a self publishing mode is needed. I apologize for being ignorant about publishing and if I am in error of the process of traditional publishing please send me a correction and I publish that here.
I hope someday that a traditional publisher might still be interested to publish my books.
I hope that there will be a nice flux between self-publishing and traditional publishing. One can do business with the other and vice versa without the stigma attached to self-publishing. There isn't anything wrong with that. For one, I am in a graduate school to get my MFA and that alone ought to let publishers know that I am trained in the arts of creative writing.
PS For those who have been tragically affected by the attack in New York, I send you the prayers for healing and recovery. For those who have died, I pray for their peace in repose.