Please welcome novelist Christine Lemmon to Writer Unboxed. Christine is the author of three novels -Sanibel Scribbles, Portion of the Sea, and Sand in My Eyes, and the gift book, Whisper from the Ocean. She has lived all over the country writing for radio, newspaper, television and magazine. She currently lives with her husband and three children on Sanibel Island, a subtropical island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, which is the setting for her novels. She gets most of her inspiration while biking, kayaking or walking around the island, and watching sunsets with her family, but then she must hold her ideas until night, when her children are sleeping and she can write.
Her latest novel, Sand in My Eyes, was a fiction finalist in the 2010 Indie Excellence Awards. Welcome, Christine.
My Husband as My Publisher
By Christine Lemmon
I hurry in my pajamas down the steps of our house on stilts on Sanibel Island—a barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast—and unlock the shed where we keep the inventory for the four books we have independently published—novels that have gone into multiple print-runs and have sold nearly 50,000 copies and as a result were picked up by a national distributor and are re-releasing nationally summer 2010. Every morning I sign my name in caseloads of these books and my husband, before work, drops them off at bookstores, gift shops, the airport and resorts.
“Don’t forget the Indie Excellence stickers,” John calls down. My children hear and come running to help put the stickers on the books. Being a 2010 National Finalist in the Fiction Category of the National Indie Excellence Award was our most recent achievement in this passionate and arduous journey of self-publishing and the stickers let readers know that my third book Sand in My Eyes meets the highest standard of independent publishing.
Expressing our creative freedom and producing books every bit the quality of major publishers has been our goal that began ten years ago when John read the manuscript to a novel I had been writing, and announced, “I’d like to publish this for you.” I was as ecstatic that day as I would have been had I signed a six-figure advance with a major publisher like Bantam Double Day Dell! My husband worked in sales but had a desire to work on something in his free time, a moonlighting project he could carry out from start to finish and with pride. My writing and his ambition to create something of excellence out of nothing was the perfect equation for self-publishing. [Read more…]