I know it’s been about a month or so since I have posted. I’ve been working hard on the book, and here is the official status update. As you can see here, I’ve finished the cover design. I designed it all myself with the input of a few authors I get together with every month.I have just finished chapter 16 out of about 20, I think. Total, I’ve rewritten my combat journal once, then twice, and now a third time, making sure everything is right, the stories are as accurate as I can get them, and learning how to write. I’ve finally found my “voice”, and am happy with the style of my writing.
When I finish the manuscript, I am hiring a professional editor to go through everything and help me make this the best possible book it can be. It would be a disservice to everyone I served with if I were to rush it to printing.
I haven’t found an agent willing to sponsor me and get the book published by a large professional publishing house. So, I have started my own publishing-on-demand business called Cerberus Press. We are up and running, and I am going to publish my own book. I am also offering our services to other authors, so if you know anyone who wants to self-publish and doesn’t like the costs of large vanity presses, email me at Mark@Cerberus-Press.com for a custom quote. I offer low cost services, including graphic design for the cover and interior, at extremely low industry rates. My royalty rates for authors are high as well.
Anyways, it has been a long, hard road to get here.
I can’t wait to finally get it in print. I have been writing solid for about two years now on this project. Little did I know when I started my combat journal in September of 2006, that it would come this far. At the end of the deployment it turned out to about 300 pages worth of text, and I figured I already had a book. Boy, was I wrong! Like one of my veteran writer friend says, “There is no good writing, only good rewriting.”
Thanks everyone for your support so far, I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks about the book. I am confident in it.
What do you think about the cover?