As you can see it has been almost a year since I announced the completion of my fictional memoir ” Leaving Cleveland.” What am I up to? Well, as one literary agent expressed ” You are a good writer and this is a good story and we would be interested in representing you BUT……you are not famous, yet.” He was absolutely right. Not to be deterred, I decided to go the self-publishing route. I am have researching the best way and have learned a lot about self-publishing and publishing on demand. The more I have learned the clearer it became that for this book it is the best way. I have been in contact with BookBaby and have gotten all their info and costs. I will be also applying for a grant through the college I teach photography , Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. They award grants to help their faculty complete projects they are working on. If I do receive the grant, the wheels will be in motion and I hope to have this book out by early fall, just in time for the holiday season.
If you have been following my posts you will also notice that I have changed the title to Leaving Cleveland. When you follow the upcoming posts and read the book will make more sense. So please sign up for notices of new posts and tell your friends. If you are new to this blog , you can read some of the entries, although I will be submitting more entries in each new post as I keep you up to date with my experience of self publishing. I have also made a slight change to the cover, let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions. See if you can guess what the story is about by the cover….My goal is to post once a week and as things start to getting closer to publishing date even more.
Fully Funded :)
Those are 2 words a kickstarter creator loves to hear.
I started the campaign with the preview on August 22, the campaign started on August 29th and it was fully funded by September 4th. The campaign will continue till September 29th in the hopes to raise more funds to create a robust launch and add ons. So If you have not pledged please consider it and take a look at the rewards. One reward will put your name in my book, another reward will send you a hardcover, personally signed first edition of the book and most rewards will give you an award winning prints from my website www.begleiter.com . It all ends on the 29th.
The next step is to polish the editing of the book, create the acknowledgments, intros etc…then send it to my printer, BookBaby. My hope is to launch the book Leaving Cleveland by March of 2023. Of course those who pledged will get advance copies. If interested go to : Leaving Cleveland
Even if you just sign up and not Pledge you will get exciting updates and other cool things….I am making this brief so I can move onto the next stage hopefully with you.
Take care and I look forward to hear from you. Please subscribe to this blog for more in depth information. Oh I almost forgot, here is the latest video of my wife Kate, reading from my book: Chapter 6