By Elyse Kaner
After navigating the baffling maze of getting her works into print, a local woman has taken the task on herself.
Writer June Gossler-Anderson of Andover this month has released her new book “How to Publish Your Book Without Going Broke: A Guide to Independent Publishing.”
“Basically, what I’m doing is de-mystifying the publishing process,” Gossler-Anderson said in an interview with ABC Newspapers.
Gossler-Anderson wrote the book because so many people were asking how she gets her works published.
The book is dedicated to budding authors interested in publishing a few to many copies of their work, from memoirs to the great American novel.
The 60-page book examines the pros and cons of four common paths to publishing – royalty, electronic, subsidy or self-publishing and independent publishing.
Gossler-Anderson has experienced all four.
Frustration ran high in her pursuit of a publisher. For example, the time she was offered a contract from a regional publisher for one of her books. But the editors wanted to “dumb down” her copy.
“I felt as if I had sent them a masterpiece executed in oils, and they had taken a crayon and scribbled all over it,” Anderson wrote in the preface of her new book. So she withdrew from the offer and decided to become her own publisher. She set up her own company Granny Girl Press.
“And I haven’t looked back,” Anderson says in her book.
The book covers the how-tos of layout and design, the cover, ISBN numbers and a whole lot more. Cost is $15.
Gossler-Anderson likes electronic publishing (Kindle, for example) because the writer doesn’t have to invest money in printing the book and he/she keeps a percentage of what the reader is charged to download the material.
She has chosen the independent publishing route for the sale of her print books. “You have full control of your book,” she said.
Gossler-Anderson’s other books are : “Shades of Childhood,” “Computer Pancakes,” “Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Granger Grant and Grandpa,” “The Shaman Stone: A multicultural mystery of supernatural proportions” and “The Flip-flop Year: A tale of teachers, tormentors and tomatoes.”
Gossler-Anderson is now teaching community education classes in eight Anoka County locations on how to get your work into print. “How to Publish Your Book Without Going Broke: A Guide to Independent Publishing” is the companion text to the course.
Gossler-Anderson said she hopes to help writers by showing them options to do their own publishing. Personally, she loves to share information.
“I’m doing what I love and I love what I’m doing,” she said.
For more information on Gossler-Anderson, her books, appearances and community education courses, visit www.grannygirlpress.com.
Elyse Kaner is at firstname.lastname@example.org