In his classic book, "What Color is Your Parachute?," Richard Bolles observes that finding a job is a series of "no's," followed finally by a "yes." Having been turned down by four local publishers, I can draw the parallel.
(The working title of my book is, “A Walking Guide to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia: Featuring Over 275 Historical Markers.”)
Leaning towards the self-publishing route, I had a meeting yesterday with Don Hakenson, author of six books, all self-published. Our conversation sealed the deal. I will be joining my brother and sister as salespersons.
This development clears a mental road block. Publishers work under the “Don’t-Call-Us-We’ll-Call-You” method. I can understand why they have to operate that way, but it’s no fun when you’re waiting on the other end. When the silence remains even after you follow up, the message is loud and clear.
Satchel Paige once said, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” I’m beginning to see the wisdom of that. In this case, that means move on and accept the new challenge ( Heaven knows our world could use a lot more of that).
Anyway, Don was a great help, so thank you friend. I will add that his books can be found at hmshistory.com. His latest book is, "A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia." This marks Don’s sixth book related to the Civil War. I’ve enjoyed reading “This Forgotten Land.” It earned Don the 2001 "Nan Netherton Award," presented by the Fairfax County History Commission.