Years ago, I had lost my car keys when spelunking (exploring non-commercial caves) and I waited at a car dealership for someone to bring me a copy of the keys from a Volkswagen dealer. A guy who worked at the dealership gave me a ride back to the cave. He told me I was riding in a famous person’s vehicle, author James A. Michener and added that “Jim comes here from time to time.” Other than that, the only time I actually met someone who wrote books was years before that, when I met Pastor Jay E. Adams, who authored several books, when he was a guest preacher at a church. He wasn’t there as an author.
In November, the Bucks County Free Library will host the 2019 Local Author Expo, where you can meet and interact with local authors who live in Bucks County and buy signed copies of their books.
Recently I received an email from the expo that said I am on the waiting list, so Yours Truly may be there. “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is my first book, and is based on my associations with the local homeless in Bucks County. For a season, I was homeless myself.
Like the homeless, I am the underdog. I published the book independently, with help from a publishing consultant, Vernita (Neat) Simmons, who had commented on an article on Faithwriters.com about the homeless and asked me if I was an author. I wasn’t, but after Neat’s guidance, I am now. I do not have the capital to invest in marketing, so I am self-promoting my book, with a little help from my friends.
As an underdog, I have to work harder to get my book moving, as I don’t have a big-time publisher to market my book. I got a break when my book got in circulation in the Bucks County Free Library system. Two hard copies of the book are on the local authors shelf in the Grundy Library in Bristol, PA.
Doing something worthwhile isn’t easy; it’s hard work. But it’s worth it! I hope the book will not only educate the public who the homeless really are and show possible solutions to the problem, but show that, like myself, with hard work and dedication you can move forward in life, from being homeless to being an author. One, of course, can be both. Homelessness is just a state you are in and does not define your character. In a sense, we are all homeless, as we are just sojourners in this world.
“There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is available: