How Do I Become An Author?

How Do I Become An Author?

How Do I Become An Author?

Posted on 03/25/2013 Evan Swensen

Have you ever asked the question,

How do I become an author?”

Well, one way to start is to write the story of your life.

Life stories are often called memoir or personal history. Here at Publication Consultants, we are fortunate to have many authors who have published wonderful stories of their lives. They now have the joy of sharing their lives with readers from all over the world.

Molly Hootch Hymes, is Yupik, an Alaska Native often identified as Eskimo in the United States. She grew up in Alaska when it was still a territory. Her family and her life were fully entwined with the seasons and places of the Lower Yukon River.

She adored her father, James, who was a fisherman, trapper, and hunter. He taught Molly how he provided food for the family, as well as the work of building dogsleds, snowshoes, and fish traps.

This book is, in great part, an homage to her father, and the way of life that is passing into nostalgia, even in Alaska.

Molly never dreamed she would end up making history. But as a teenager, she was required—forced—to go to high school in Anchorage. There was no high school in her village, or any Native village in the state. This great change in her life was so traumatic to her that it led to a class action lawsuit against the State of Alaska.

The court case settlement resulted in high schools being built in Native villages, for the first time. Molly Hootch became a household name in Alaska, and eventually was honored as the fifteenth most important person since Alaska became the 49th state of the union.

And all she did was tell the story of her life. First in the courts, and now in a book: Molly Hootch, I Remember When is in its second printing, by the way.

Now, I don’t want you to think you have to have made history to write your own life story. Some authors have a simpler story to share. Even the most simple story, shared from the heart can make a difference to readers. No one else has lived your life, no one else can tell the things that are important to you the way you can.

So, if you’ve ever asked the question, “How do I become and author?”, get writing.

If you have any questions, or run into rough spots, please contact us right away. Check out our earlier blogs for writing hints. Or let some of our authors tell you how they wrote their books, in their own words. You can order Becoming a Published Author right from our online bookstore. The reason we put this book together was for you. Memoir has become a popular genre; and we look forward to reading yours.

Keep in touch,

Evan Swensen, Publisher
Publication Consultants
Publishing the works of authors worldwide!
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Anchorage, Alaska 99502
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