Tell your story and publish your own books and memoirs. A librarian friend of mine once said, “When a person dies a whole library dies with them.” I believe it is so important to write down what you want your children and grandchildren to remember about your life. I started writing and self-publishing three years ago with encouragement from some good friends. I wrote a story a day for about thirty days. I type my stories and poems into my Word program on my computer. As I wrote each story, I added it to the master copy.
You can copy and paste photos into your story as well. Color photos get very expensive, but you can use the Word picture tools to change them to black and white. Black and white photo pages are the same price as a print page.
When you get all of your stories loaded and edited, you can change your Word file to a pdf. file. This way nothing will get changed when it is printed. Load the file on a flash drive and take it to Office Max or a similar store to print. Load the cover page on a separate file. By using the discount coupons and printing at least 20 copies I save money. You can make Black and White copies, of around a hundred pages, and have them spiral bound for around ten dollars each. If you use a 16 or 20 point font it will give you a good reading size when printed in half size.
Editing takes the most time to get it right. Spend the time. You will be glad you did.
You can also load your books onto Amazon Kindle publishing for free. If they are checked out and read you will get royalties from them. Don’t expect a big return. I am still waiting to make some money on my books! I write for myself. If others enjoy it that is just icing on my cake!
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The poem below is in my Home page bio and expresses my feelings about the importance of telling your story.
Tell your story
Let it roll from your mind like an avalanche
Mighty and intense
Driven by unstoppable forces
Knowing that if not you
Will ever know the depth of joy and pain
It will be lost
Dwight L. Roth – 2014