Things You May Not Know About Haiti

I’ve studied books and videos about Haiti for more than 20 years, at first doing reseach on a couple of books I wanted to write, then out of sheer interest.  I haven’t written about the devastation that has swept that country in the past couple of weeks because there seemed to be nothing I could add in the way of helpful present-day information.

Now that things have settled just a bit, I find myself musing on the fact that our media has done a good job of giving us facts and figures, but nowhere do I find columns and writeups and broadcasts that give us the “soul” of the Haitian people.  Ah yes, we have idiots like Pat Robertson, who calls  himself a man of God, who ascribes the devastation as God’s punishment of the Haitian people for their massacre of the French long ago.  Of course he says nothing about the horror that Black Haitians lived through under the French enslavement, thought to be one of the most inhuman known.

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Always And Forever Testing

Beautiful Nature

Beautiful Nature

Sooner or later you’re going to ask me how much longer I’ll be testing.  You’ll be glad you waited when I begin to tell you things you always wanted to know about self-publishing.  It’s such a fascinating thing to do.

Creative control is the name of the game.  If you get a good company, they strive to satisfy you as to what you want your book to be, within reason.  And getting the cover together just thrilled me.  It’s a romantic voodoo mystery and so I wanted a gun.  No gun meeting my specifications could be found.  Okay, bullet holes.  The artist came up with the messiest bullet holes you could imagine.  I said no.  Too thuggish.  Gross.  So they redid and now you get the idea of romance, voodoo, mystery.

I wrote the back cover material which was duly checked.  The company I chose – Wheatmark – has excellent editors.  My copy made the grade.  And oh, the thrill of having my own Library of Congress Card Number.  They do turn down books.  ISBN, listing with RR Bowker, all kinds of things you can also do for yourself.

There are so many companies to help you self-publish.  You’ve got to check it out.  I mulled it over for nearly thirty years while I sold to established publishers.   This is for me.  Try it.  You just might like it.