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An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option

Lee Foster Publishes Book on Self-Publishing

Lee Foster has published a new book about the independent publishing movement. After completing 16 books with traditional publishers, why did Lee switch to producing four books “independently” published or “indie?” Why does he now recommend this path for most authors? The book describes Lee’s advice on the publishing of printed books (print-on-demand), ebooks, books-as-websites, apps, and audiobooks.

The book is titled An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option. The book can be seen on Amazon and on Lee’s Amazon Author Page. A more detailed announcement about the new book can be seen on Lee’s website.

The book is both an Author’s journey in this gradual transition from traditional to indie publishing and a practical how-to guide for Authors who may wish to follow a parallel path.

Self-publishing is now an ascending practice and will continue to thrive, in Lee Foster’s assessment of the current market. More and more Authors are pursuing the independent publishing dream. Technological developments make “indie” publishing more plausible with each passing year. Increasing market access for indie Authors continues to erode the domain that traditional publishers once ruled exclusively.

The book covers the logical subjects that developed in Lee Foster’s practices, as the table of contents suggests:

1. How Traditional Publishing Worked (and Sometimes Still Works)
2. Why Independent Publishing, Also Known As Self-Publishing, Arose
3. Why Independent Publishing Today and Tomorrow May Be Your Most Viable Option
4. Your Print-on-Demand Book
5. Your Ebook Distribution
6. Your Book Content as a Website/Blog, Funded Partly by Advertising
7. Your Social Media Outreach
8. Your Book Marketing Strategy
9. Your Need for Quality Design in Independent Publishing
10. Your Book’s Possible Specialized Adaptations, such as an Audiobook, Chinese Translation, and App

Many modern Authors are restless with their traditional publishing options. They may find some comfort in the self-publishing trajectory described in this book. Lee Foster had a positive experience with his traditional publishing partnerships in the past. It’s just that with all the new opportunities, indie seems much more appealing to him.

The Book:
An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing: Why Self-Publishing May Be Your Best Option
ISBN for printed book 978-0-9760843-4-1 Retail $14.95
ISBN for ebook 978-0-9760843-6-5 Retail $3.99

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Author Page. See the Lee Foster Author Page

The book is available through Ingram to bookstores and libraries. The ebook version is available in all ebooks vendors.

Price: $14.95

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Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century

Lee Foster Literary Book Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century Published

Lee Foster’s literary memoir about growing up in Minnesota has been re-published and released as Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century.

The book was originally published in 1970 with the title Just 25 Cents and Three Wheaties Boxtops. Foster wrote the volume in the late 1960s when he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Stanford, studying writing and American Literature under Wallace Stegner, eventually receiving an MA Degree. Stegner liked the book and assisted Foster to get it agented and published. Stegner went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1972.

Minnesota Boy conveys the experience of growing up in a Minnesota mid-America that produced the sensibilities of people like Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, Garrison Keillor, and Bob Dylan.

The book is not a standard chapter-by-chapter memoir. Rather, it is a collection of imagined conversations and recollections of what life was like in that Eisenhower Era 1950s, just as the times morphed into the Vietnam War and Protest 1960s. The book has 82 literary selections and 67 photos.

Minnesota Boy addresses a perennial and enduring question: What is it like growing up in America? The answer depends partly on the time and place.

The book informs about the strong hunting and fishing outdoor culture, Catholic religion sinner-can-be-saved ethic, egalitarian and inclusive all-children-are-equal spirit, progress-through-education-and-hard-work ideal, and optimism-about-a-better-future mindset that pervaded life in Mankato, Minnesota, in the 1950s. There was always, however, a nervous background worry about Nuclear Annihilation.

Black-and-white photos created by Foster in the 1960s, as he was beginning his writing/photography career, catalogue visually the now-vanished world of the child and family in that era in a Minnesota America. Visual details in the photos now have substantial archival value, with captions such as “My father’s fishing tackle box,” “Artifacts from a boy’s life in Minnesota,” “The garage at my family’s house,” and “A confessional at Saints Peter & Paul Church.”

The printed book ($14.95) and the ebook ($3.99) are available wherever books/ebooks are sold. ISBN for the print book is 978-0976084327 and for the ebook 978-0976084334.

The Amazon link is at

http://amzn.to/1ESbPd1

and on Lee Foster’s Amazon Author Page among his 20 books at

http://amzn.to/1jl9Lnz

Distributed by Amazon and Ingram as a printed book. Available in all ebook outlets.

Price: $14.95

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Northern California Travel: The Best Options

Lee Foster’s newest travel guidebook is Northern California Travel: The Best Options ($14.95, ISBN 978-0976084396).

What are the best travel options to explore when contemplating Northern California? Lee Foster has spent more than 40 years refining the answers, looking at both nature/outdoors and cultural/historical subjects.

Lee’s 30 chapters in this book guide consumers to use wisely their most precious commodity—their time.

See all of Lee’s travel journalism at www.fostertravel.com, including his travel books, ebooks, apps, photos, website presentations, and 200 global articles.

Northern California is his favorite place worldwide and his home. The goal of this book is to provide an enjoyable and insightful read for the armchair traveler and a practical plan for actual trips.

Lee has personally visited each of the places and lived out the experiences that he recommends.

He becomes your “personal travel concierge” with the distilled essence of this destination.

The book can be ordered on Amazon or through other retailers as a printed book or ebook. Ingram provides the book to bookstores and libraries.

The ebook version is also available on Amazon, in the Apple iBook Store, and at the other viable ebook stores, such as for B&N Nook.

This book has also recently been released in China in Chinese. See announcement at

http://fostertravel.com/lee-fosters-california-travel-guidebook-released-in-china-in-chinese/

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Author Page. See the Lee Foster Author Page

Price: $14.95

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Back Roads California

Travel publisher Dorling Kindersley has released a new Eyewitness Travel Back Roads book on California titled Back Roads California.

The book was written on assignment by Christopher P. Baker and Lee Foster.

The photo assignment for the book went to Christopher, Lee, and Robert Holmes.

DK describes the book on Amazon as follows:

Scenic routes, charming hotels, and authentic regional cuisine. Take a journey through the back roads of California to discover the area’s real soul and charm.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Back Roads California driving vacation guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming Californian towns, local restaurants, and intimate places to stay. Twenty-four themed drives, each lasting one to five days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems, and authentic local experiences that can only be discovered by road.

Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities, from short walks and longer hikes to days on the beach or at a spa, to wine tours, cycling trips, and watersports. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guesthouses and restaurants specializing in regional produce have been selected by expert authors.

Full-color throughout, with a pull-out map of the entire region for easy navigation between tours, and zip code information for use with a GPS device. All the practical information you could need is included, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours.

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Author Page. See the Lee Foster Author Page

Price: $24.95

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The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco

Lee Foster has two travel guidebooks from Countryman/Norton. The first is The Photographer’s Guide to San Francisco ($14.95, ISBN 978-0881508147).

This book presents and describes more than 100 top views in San Francisco, telling you where they are and why they are important. With the many details given in the book you can replicate Lee Foster’s photos. Even if you don’t have an interest in photography, the book is a useful and illustrative guidebook to the principal attractions of the city. The book is intended to be both a visual travel guidebook and a photo guidebook.

The book can be ordered on Amazon as a printed book and as an ebook. The ebook version is also available in the Apple iBook Store and the other major ebook vendors.

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Lee Foster’s Author’s Page.

See this at Lee Foster author page

Note: Lee has an app parallel to this book. See Lee’s San Francisco app. The app is also available in Google Play.

Price: $14.95

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The Photographer’s Guide to Washington DC

Lee Foster has two guidebooks from Countryman/Norton. The second is The Photographer’s Guide to Washington DC (With Ann Purcell, $14.95, ISBN 978-0881508185).

This book presents and describes more than 100 top views in Washington, D.C., telling you where they are and why they are important. With the many details given in the book you can replicate the photos. Even if you don’t have an interest in photography, the book is a useful and illustrative guidebook to the principal attractions of the Capital. The book is both a visual travel guide and a how-to photo guide.

The book can be ordered on Amazon as a printed book or as a Kindle ebook. The ebook version is also available in the Apple iBook Store and with the other major ebook vendors.  

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Lee Foster’s Author’s Page.

See this at Lee Foster author page

Note: Lee has an app on DC parallel to this book. See Lee’s app on DC in Apple. It is also in Google Play.

Price: $14.95

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Travels in an American Imagination

Lee Foster’s travel literary book is Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time ($14.95, ISBN 0976084309).

The book won the Best Travel Commentary Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. Lee’s work has won eight Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest awards in travel journalism, including Lee being named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year (Silver Winner). 

In the book Lee asks: Do we live in the most wondrous and yet also the most horrific time ever to be alive? In 25 essays, using places in his travels worldwide as the reference, Lee discusses this dual reality, a concern for Everyman and Everywoman in our time. He visits Canaveral in Florida, where we sent a man to the moon. He also looks at the Atlantic Rain Forest outside Rio in Brazil, where we have eliminated most of the species because we have destroyed the habitat.

This book is Lee’s vision of our modern life, reflecting the ambivalent range of feelings that an informed, modern person will experience. Each chapter is preceded by a photo from Lee’s travels to the designated place.

The book (and modern life) presents a challenge to each reader: how to absorb the complexity of modern life and yet proceed with a healthy perspective to lead a productive life.

The book can be ordered on Amazon as a printed book or as an ebook in the Kindle Store. The ebook version is also available in the Apple iBook Store and at all the other major ebook vendors. Ingram provides the printed book to bookstores and libraries.

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Lee Foster’s Author’s Page.

See this at Lee Foster author page

Here is a new development from Lee, the audiobook version of this book:

Lee Foster’s travel literary book, Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time, has been released as an audiobook. Here is a sample audio of the Introduction, as narrated by voice professional William Dougan. The new audiobook is distributed by Audible, the central source for more than 150,000 audiobooks. From Audible, the book is distributed on Amazon, which also carries the book as a printed book and ebook. Audible distributes also through the other key vendor, iTunes. More details on this announcement can be seen on Lee’s website. The book has 25 chapters in which Lee uses places in his worldwide travel to describe how we live in both the most wondrous and most horrific time ever to be alive.

Price: $14.95

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Northern California History Weekends

Lee Foster’s California travel guidebook with a history focus is Northern California History Weekends (Globe Pequot, $15.95, ISBN 0-7267-1076-4).

This book describes 52 history-oriented weekend outing adventures in Northern California, including suggestions for a good dining and lodging experience on each trip. The book considers the appropriate time of year for various trips and projects a clockwise sequence of outings, starting in the San Francisco region, then exploring north, east, and south. This book won a Lowell Thomas Award for guidebooks from the Society of American Travel Writers.

The book can be purchased on Amazon. (Eventually the book will be re-published by Lee as a self-published printed book and ebook. He has obtained the publishing rights back from Globe Pequot for the next and new edition, coming out in 2016.)

Lee’s books/ebooks on Amazon can all be seen together on his Lee Foster’s Author’s Page.

See this at Lee Foster author page

Price: $15.95

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Adventure Guide to Northern California

One of Lee Foster’s earlier, now legacy, guidebooks is Adventure Guide to Northern California (Originally published by Hunter Publishing).

This book describes all manner of adventure travel in the Northern California region, including hiking, back country drives, rafting, horseback riding, beachcombing, etc. Some practical information in this book is out of date, but collectors appreciate the book for its Northern California insights.

See this book used at Lee’s Amazon Author Page

Price: $0.00

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San Francisco and Northern California

San Francisco and Northern California (Originally published by World of Travel, 1989).

This legacy book is a survey guidebook on Northern California, covering San Francisco and all the regions north, east, and south. This volume was part of a national chain of guidebooks originally set up by Robert Fisher. The changeable information in this book is now out of date, but the book is appreciated for its overview of Northern California.

See this book used at Lee’s Amazon Author Page

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Making the Most of the Peninsula

Making the Most of the Peninsula: A California Guide to San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties (Originally Published by Presidio Press, then by Tioga Publishers, last in 1989).

This is a detailed travel guide book covering the three-county Silicon Valley region south of San Francisco. The volatile travel information in this book is out of date, but the cultural and natural history insights are appreciated by collectors.

This was the first thorough travel guidebook devoted to the burgeoning Silicon Valley region south of San Francisco.

The book also had a special place in the development of modern publishing. It was one of the first books ever to be laid out in production from a computer disk. Lee Foster was able to accomplish this using emerging software. The publisher saved about $3,000 due to this process, and paid Lee half of the savings, or $1,500, for this assist in production, as was his proposal and their agreement.

See this book used at Lee’s Amazon Author Page

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Backyard Farming

Backyard Farming (Originally published by Chronicle Books, 1982).

This book is a classic from the heady days of the 1980s, when organic gardening was a revolutionary matter. The book describes Lee Foster’s rationale and practices for producing food, especially vegetables, ambitiously and organically, in a tight urban environment. Lee grew most of the vegetables for his family of five at that time and published widely in journals such as Rodale’s Organic Gardening.

See this book used at Lee’s Amazon Author Page

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The Message of April Fools

The Message of April Fools (Originally published by Pacific Coast Publishers, 1970).

This novel, set at Stanford in the 1960s, is about being young and on the home front in the divisive and contentious Vietnam War era.  The novel documents the culture and counterculture scene of the time for the gifted young people in the Stanford world, beset by the new hallucinogens, technology change, and the military-industrial complex seemingly out of control.

See this book used at Lee’s Amazon Author Page

 

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Just 25 Cents and Three Wheaties Boxtops

Just 25 Cents and Three Wheaties Boxtops(Originally published by Pacific Coast Publishers, 1970).

This classic book of Americana was re-published recently as Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century.

See the earlier edition of this book used at Lee’s Amazon Author Page

Here is the new edition, which is described in more detail at the top of this book list:

This writing/photography literary book is Lee Foster’s memoir about growing up in a Minnesota America at mid-century. Out of this Minnesota America came a certain sensibility, which animated Humphrey/McCarthy/Mondale and many others. Lee Foster captures in the book this historical insight, with an intimate look at family life as he grew up, providing simultaneously a biography of his early life and a generalized portrait of America in that era.

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