I think, this is the correct name for what I am about to do: help my daughter publish a book about dealing with hearing loss.
Let’s start from the beginning…
This journey started in 2007. We just been told by an ENT that our daughter needs hearing aids because she has moderately severe hearing loss. After the initial shock, I tried to help Joey learn more about the reason behind her hearing loss: cochlea malfunction. There was not even one book on the subject.
With child-like determination and idealism, Joey decided to write a book herself and help the next child scared by the monster of hearing loss.
That is when I come in..
Fast forward five years and endless phone calls, Internet searches and tons of homework and I am not closer to finding a publisher or agent.
We are not alone.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an article on the Home & Digital section titled “After rejection, they self-published books”. It notes that “the cost of producing a paperback has gone from thousands of dollars – from editing and jacket design to printing, distribution and warehousing – to free on Amazon.com Inc.’s CreateSpace and the popular independent e-book distributor Smashwords”. It also mentions other self-publish companies like Kindle Direct Publishing, Lightning Source and Balboa Press.
Finally, I came across a wonderfully upbeat book about a girl with hearing loss written by Wendy Kupfer. It was self-published by a small publishing company owned by the author.
Here is for hope!