Is Self-Publishing the Wave of the Future for Book Writers?

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Self publishing is gaining interest among aspiring writers around the country. Meet one couple who self-published in 6 weeks and turned their spare bedroom into a warehouse.

Leilani Lowry spends the day contacting booksellers, filling orders and writing promotional material for the Official George W. Bush "Countdown to Retirement" 4-Year Calendar. She and her husband Stephen, a lawyer in Savannah, GA, wrote, designed, published and market the calendar. The Lowrys started, a publishing venture for the calendar.

"Stephen wrote the calendar after the election and I, mainly, am in charge of selling it." said Leilani Lowry. "Our spare bedroom is the warehouse and I work on sales in between caring for our young daughter and running a personal training business."

The Lowrys join a growing number of writers that publish their work themselves. They are buoyed by writers like Michael Stadther who self-published the children's story "A Treasure's Trove: A Fairy Tale About Real Treasure for Parents and Children of All Ages." Stadther's book is on the New York Times Bestseller List for children's stories.

"It is fun and hard. We have made several mistakes but we learn quickly." Lowry smiles. "We published ourselves because we thought it would take too long to get a publisher and the market was fresh. We were able to write, design and sell the calendar in just over six weeks."

The calendar is political humor and counts down the days until George Bush leaves office on January 20, 2009. It comes with a thick red pen for the reader to mark off the days.

"We had fun writing the calendar and knew that our Democratic friends would enjoy it." said Stephen Lowry. "I tried to speculate on some of the president's upcoming plans in a humorous way. We changed or created many new holidays during Bush's second term."

The calendar speculates that in October 2005, President Bush will propose a new plan to solve the Prescription Drug problem. Instead of allowing Canada to ship prescription drugs to seniors, he decrees that seniors shall be shipped to Canada. This, he says, also helps solve the Social Security Problem. On December 25, 2005, Santa Claus is laid off only to have his job outsourced to Ebenezer Scrooge and Dick Cheney. Also, according to the Calendar the President will approve St. Dubya's day from what was formerly known as St. Patrick's day.

The Calendar also pokes fun at the President's knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. It quips that on Bill of Rights Day, "Bush can't remember what he did with the Bill of Lefts." One of the President's ideas is to charge citizens to exercise their rights since it is called a "Bill." Of course, rates are subject to change depending on your point of view. And, the new Supreme Court will hold that the Bill of Rights was merely a suggestion rather than a rule.

The Lowrys have been successful so far in selling the calendar through their website and through several independent booksellers across the country.

"Although we have been successful, self-publishing takes a large commitment in time and money, and may not be for everyone." Leilani Lowry says.

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