Monday, November 14, 2011

Nora Percival: Self-Publishing at Age 97

Yesterday I helped my 97-year-old friend Nora Percival publish an ebook. We're still in the upload process, and it was a great reminder of how wonderful the digital era is. While Nora is still hale, hardy, and bright at age 97, she has little incentive to wait years to look for publishers of her set of memoirs covering her parents' relationship in Russia, immigrating to America in the 1920s and growing up in the Great Depression, and the new book The Whirligig of Time about working in a World War II defense plant.

While a few of her books were already out for Kindle and in paper from small press, we're reformatting the files to make them cleaner and I will also be building a three-set memoir omnibus for her. She's most excited about getting to see the real-time sales data, as she has just started blogging and using Facebook, too. We also adjusted her prices to more realistic levels--her list of Kindle books is here.

I don't know anything about whether authors are better off using a traditional publisher, doing it themselves, or looking for other distribution options. But in this case, for this one author, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a little instant gratification. After 97 years, she's earned it!


Vicki said...

Inspirational. Way to go, Nora!

Wishing you every success.


Tonya Kappes said...

Amazing, Nora!! Please let us know when it's available. I'd love to read it! Cheers to you, Scott for helping her!

Brenda Wallace said...

I think both you and Nora are way cool! I'll be watching for The Whirligig of Time.

author Scott Nicholson said...

thanks, Vicki, Tonya, and Brenda, it is truly a fun era!

Neal Hock said...

Great story! I wish Nora nothing but the best.


Suzan Harden said...

Scott, you did a good thing helping Nora. So many of these important stories are lost with age and time. I wish Nora the best.

Hunter Shea said...

I love it. Now that is a publishing success story another tick mark in the pros column for self publishing. You're a good man for lending a hand.

author Christa Polkinhorn said...

Let us know when they are available. This sounds like my kind of books!

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