Day 12: Authorpreneurs

Panda- CoverAug  22 – Day 12, appeared on Radio Entrepreneurs (  The idea of Authorpreneurs is not a widespread term. It means you are an author and an entrepreneur, so the term “Authorpreneur” is used to describe you.

0001There are several processes that an author must do to publish a book. First, you have the writing process, which most people understand: it is simply putting all those words into a document arranged in sentences and paragraphs either imparting some wisdom or entertaining us with fiction.

0002The second process is to get the manuscript edited. The cost here is usually about $55/hour. Some professional editors charge by the page rather than the hour. This process might take about 2 to 3 weeks, at the most.

0003The third process is the formatting or Book Design, This can take the longest time, depending on a lot of variables, such as trim size, page length, complication of design.

The fourth process is the publishing 0007process, and it is usually the shortest process, because now the on-demand-printer/publishers can print from your .pdf. So within a matter of hours, your book can appear on, which is the largest distribution center!

0009The fifth process is marketing. Without marketing, your book ends up no where! This interview was part of a Virtual Book Tour (VBT) for When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8. The quilts (some of these quilts are pictured on this page) brought to the interview were what illustrated this book.

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Day 11: How Diversity and Acceptance Can Make Our World and Families More Whole

Today, I was interviewed on Dedham Cable TV, which will be shown on several regional Community Cable Stations. To watch this interview, go to:

Because who we are, including gender, is in our DNA. Whether we identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (transgender, transsexual, or gender neutral), or questioning, we are who our DNA tells us to be. We can repress it; try to ignore; but eventually most people give in to their true self. Sometimes that happens early in life between 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. Other times, it happens later in life.

Parents, even those who want to raise children without stereotypes, tend to tell their children: Boys don’t do that  Girls don’t do that. We do it automatically, even when we have vocalized that we don’t wish to do it, we end up doing it.

Day 10: As an Author

Thank you Lillian and Dave for hosting me for this guest post!

Today, August 9, I’m visiting the Brummet’s Conscious Discussion Blog Site Dave and Lillian Brummet have been writing professionally as a team since 1990. They started out as freelance writers, and continue to do so. They’ve also co-authored five books, as well as write this Conscious Discussion Blog, which discusses living green and other topics that help living better. They also often features book authors that are trying to improve the world. While my book deals with gender and not living green, they chose to host my post!

This Guest Post deals with me, as an author. I’ve written a lot about When Panda Was a Boy: a Collection of Stories on Gender Identity for K-8 from many different points of view, but today’s post is an interview with me, the author,  answering such questions as: “When Did I First Begin to Feel Like a Writer?” It allowed me to think all the way back to high school when I got my first poem published.

It’s sort of funny, because I really wanted to major in English when I went to college, but my father insisted that I get something that would help me be employed…like a secretarial degree. I guess I’m dating myself now, because I think now the skills fall under administrative assistant or executive assistant. At any rate, that’s what I did: I got a certificate in secretarial and accounting. I wasn’t that good at either. Fortunately for me, I ended up at a programming company not too long after graduation. I did keypunch, which punched holes in a cardstock card. It took a whole stack of the cards to run a program…Wow! Have we come a long way or what?

I spent about 30 years as a freelance writer myself, writing for technology and computer publications. I even won an award for my work with small and home-based businesses from the Small Business Administration. That seems like an awful long time ago!

When the bottom fell out of the publications’ market due to fewer advertisements after 9-11, I realized that I couldn’t continue to freelance. All my jobs just dried up. So I had several volunteer years – like maybe 15-20 years – invested in religious education. So I ended up with a new career that took me from Texas to the East Coast. Now I live in Massachusetts!