I had worked on this novel, Song of the Earth, for about fifteen years, so it was like my own baby that I was trying to give birth to, but at the age of 68 I didn’t feel I had the time, nor the stamina to do the exhausting search for an agent and/or a traditional publisher. I just wanted to get this out, and then start in on all the other unfinished writing projects. Just before I decided to go with Branch Hill Publications, a small publisher in Vermont who would use Amazon and Create Space as their vehicle to publication, I read the long piece in the “New Yorker” about publishing with Amazon, and how all the traditional publishers were not happy with the way Amazon was changing the status quo of the publishing world. I then attended AWP’s Conference in Seattle, with the article fresh in my mind. At the Conference, I sat down at the Amazon table and talked to two young men who blew me away with their knowledge of Create Space and Amazon and how all of it worked. They showed me how easy it all was. So, why did I go with a…

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