Xlibris Publishing returns with Robert Brooks, author of From the Frozen Chosin to Churchill.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I have six books in the offing. All of them are at different stages of publication. Three are about combat veterans. One is philosophical/theological in nature. Three of these transcripts has many pages written and researched but not ready for release. I have stories of my life in nightclubs in ink but it is of low priority.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book? Please feel free to mention any accolades you have received.
I am planning on attending the “Chosin Few” reunion in May with another Korean War Historian. I am working to get this book on the suggested reading lists of the Army, and other military outlets. Of all respondents, there was only one negative response. That was based on a personal point of view. He argued that at that point in time, it was a rough draft. I have a Facebook group page dedicated to the “Chosin Few”. I hope that it will gain traction of the Forgotten war.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
As a first time writer, I had questions, fears, and expectations. It took me time to get up to speed. I am sure my ignorance didn’t make it any easier. With something so important, and with other people’s life story on the line, all of my questions, fears, and expectations were handled with the friendliest and most patient staff that I have ever encountered. Five Star. I am ecstatic at the end result, and it far exceeded my expectations. As far as I can tell, Xlibris has not dealt with a book of this nature, and I am sure that they found it very challenging. In the end result, they came through with flying colors. I couldn’t be more pleased with the product. On the issue of customer service, I know customer service like the back of my hand. Xlibris again scores highly for my experience.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I am a history junkie. I would argue that anyone that takes up that path, they should ensure that they give as many sides to the story as is possible with few interjections of their own if any. Leave that to the reader. History is filled with passion. That is the passion a writer should capture. You should write on subjects that you are most passionate about. Writing can be all encompassing. I believe you should balance work with everyday life. I was averaging about 40 hours a week writing. It’s hard to do with a full time job. I had to learn self discipline. That required me to add writing to my routines of the day as opposed to binge writing. I think it slowed the process. It was argued that I should not put off till retirement what I could be doing now. This wisdom played a role in getting this project off the ground. Life should be well spent, and everyone has something to add to our timeline.
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