Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.

Archive - September, 2012

How and Why I Published a Book!
posted by Ed Farber on September 22, 2012

This year (2012) I became an author of a book, a dream I have had for most of my 80 years, and it came about precisely because I turned 80. If you know anything about the book publishing business (or even if you don’t) you should know that it takes a long time for a book to be published, even those block-buster best sellers. The conventional wisdom is to first write the darn thing, and that could take years. Next you have to find an agent. That also can take years. Then the agent has to find a publisher and the publisher has to edit and print. More months and months. At 80, who has that kind of time to spare?

I decided, after reading about what has become the biggest change in the publishing industry--the indy or self-publishing boom--to do it myself with the help of Amazon Kindle.

If you are a fledgling writer hoping to find a publisher for your first book, novel or collection of short stories, I recommend that you read everything you can find on the web about the tremendous growth and popularity of the indy publishing (self-publishing) industry. Prior to recent times, that meant seeking a vanity publisher (a company that charges dearly to bring out your book.) With Amazon Kindle, Smashwords and others, you can have an e-book published at no cost! I did. It was a fascinating experience. And if you want to see it in print there are companies such as CreateSpace who will do it at very low cost. Remember those company names. They can help you see your dream of being an author come true!

I’ll be covering that it more detail in later blogs.

 For my book, I did do research on the burgeoning self-publishing industry. And then when I decided to do it.  I spent more than a month preparing the manuscript (I’d written it long ago) for epublication; designed the cover myself (I am an artist, too, afterall;) and submitted it to Kindle. In less than a week it was approved and offered for sale on Amazon. Amazing! You can see what the book is about here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BOMACO

I’ll get into some of the details in later blogs but for now I can call my self, legitimately, a published book author. Not that I wasn’t a published writer before. I was. A number of my short stories have appeared in literary journals. And in my time as a PR/Advertising hack I wrote hundreds  of articles, PR releases, brochures and ads.

My next book will be a collection of stories. I’m already working on the design and content and I will complete it in a very short time. Remember, at 80, time is (to use a time-honored cliche) of the essence! My next blog entry (hope it’s soon) will be about art.


Bits & Pieces-A blog about reading, writing, art and more
posted by Ed Farber on September 5, 2012

My blog will be devoted mostly to bits and pieces about art and writing, because in my case they are my two long-time loves (not to worry--my wife knows about them and even approves.) But I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of other interests so I’ll also include comments on a wide variety of subjects, especially books and reading. Maybe I should have named my blog, Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot.  I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.

Since my blog is on my website which is mainly devoted to art and writing, you can learn a lot about me by looking it over. Some statistics to get us started: Age 80, birthday in March; lifelong resident of St. Louis, MO.;  attended Blewett High School (subsequently Soldan-Blewett and now just Soldan), Harris Junior College, Washington University and the University of Missouri, Columbia, where I earned undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Liberal Arts (English), and a Masters degree; spent two years in the USAF as a Lieutenant (after going through the ROTC program) and left  the Air Force reserve with the rank of Captain. Worked in various jobs in the advertising field including company advertising manager, creative copywriter, creative director and finally opened my own agency, Farber-Fullbright, Inc. in St. Louis where I toiled until retirement. Since retirement, I’ve devoted my time to the activities I mentioned in the first paragraph, dividing my time between art (mostly painting,) teaching art and writing.

As for art, this is not a place where you will find esoteric discussions about the history or the place of art and literature in society (unless I find something interesting to share.) If that is what you seek, I’m sure there will be much more erudite blogs covering such subjects. No, I plan to write about my experiences doing both art and writing, and what some others are doing, reading books, and about life in general. Nothing too serious since I plan to have fun doing this.

In the next blog coming very soon, I’ll talk about me becoming the author of a book, how and why it came about. Hope you’ll come back.