Kim Aalaie

Shortly before my mom passed away, her and I had been talking about gathering all of her poems and writing a poetry book.  Once she passed, I was determined to finish the project but, couldn’t.  So, I put the project on a shelf and took a couple years to heal.  Finally, 5 years later, I finished the book.  I closed up my files and shut off the computer.  My “baby” was done.  Now what do I do?  Where do I turn?  I hadn’t a clue.

During this time, I had recently read a couple books by Bob Boze and he seemed to be, from his writings, a very down-to-earth, easily approachable person.  I took a leap of faith and sent him an email with a few basic questions.  It was the best email I’ve ever sent.  To say that he took the ball and rolled with it would be an understatement.  He was warm and kind and answered all my questions.  He then followed with a few questions for me about the book, my mother, my goals, etc. to enable him to help me more.

I will confess, I am not tech savvy, and I am sure there were times that Bob probably wanted to pull his hair out as I struggled to accomplish the simple tasks, he was asking me for.  The actual process of uploading the entire book to him even became a sideshow.  However, Bob patiently worked with me, taking me through the process step by step.

Wanting to self-publish should not mean wanting to go broke and in my first email from Bob he advised that you should never pay to be published.  I had received numerous quotes from companies willing to “publish” my book and some were in the thousands.  Bob broke down every aspect for me.  This included proofreading, editing, formatting, copyrights, back cover description, the interior design, uploading to Amazon and the beautiful front cover layout…I could go on and on.  He took the time to break down the costs and, all I can say is, the cost was beyond nominal.

I was so pleased with the finished product and the process that Bob and Writing Allsorts did, I actually told Bob, “You have made this process so painless that I am now ready to get to work on book two.”  Needless to say, I have already made my mind up to use Writing Allsorts again.  They did an excellent job!

Kim Aalaie, The Lady Veteran Has Her Say