I have bad news to report today. Although my imprint business is coming along nicely, I no longer have a book to publish.
Two of my siblings interpreted my story as negative and derogatory to family members and have refused to sign release papers, requesting that I remove them from the book. I believe underlying this complaint is a discomfort with having private family information made public.
Beware memoir writers. I don’t know how I could have avoided getting to this point. I gave my mother a draft very early, about seven months ago, because I wanted to be certain what I was writing was okay with her. She could have stopped the project at that time. Instead she has continued to encourage me. I am just grateful I chose to self-publish and haven’t spent a lot of time seeking an agent without having all necessary releases in hand first. That would have been really awkward.
I had a very bad day yesterday.
Today I am beginning to feel better, as my daughter told me I would last night.
I intend to print a few private books for myself and for my mother. This will also give me experience with Createspace for my next project.
I am going to remove all references to and photographs of my two siblings from the manuscript.
Then I am probably going to post it one chapter at a time on my blog.
I may also decide to publish it as an e-book if I feel it retains enough substance, although I likely will do minimal marketing. I don’t believe it will be long enough to be a viable POD book any longer.
It’s time to move on the the next project, which you can rest assured will contain no references to siblings.
My apologies to high school friends who were hoping for signed copies.
I hope to begin posting the story, whatever remnant is left, by sometime next month.
Please feel free to comment with any suggestions you may have.