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Find your voice

Tell your story through self-publishing

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December 21st, 2016
Seabrook’s Ruth Rusch published The Adventures of Freddie the Frog in August.

Seabrook’s Ruth Rusch published The Adventures of Freddie the Frog in August.

An analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2013 increased 17% over 2012 and 437% over 2008. While self-publishing continues to grow, the pace appears to be normalizing. 

Regardless of whether self-publishing is exploding or stabilizing, it remains a popular way for authors to tell their story.

Writing coach Royalene Doyle says people choose self-publishing for various reasons, from sharing their legacy to creating counseling tools to teaching lessons. 

A handful of companies continue to dominate the publishing services sector for independent authors. More than 75% of self-published titles with ISBNs came to market with support from just three companies: Smashwords, CreateSpace, and Lulu. 

Putting pen to paper

Doyle says she assists many retirees with writing and publishing because they finally have time to pursue it. 

Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., promotes writing through interest groups such as Short Story Discussion Group and Reminiscing on Paper.

Seabrook’s Ruth Rusch put pen to paper and, using Shutterfly, created an entertaining children’s book, The Adventures of Freddie the Frog, in August. 

Shutterfly is a popular online option that allows novices to publish photo books, memoirs, books of poetry, and more. 

A series of humorous photos taken by Ruth’s niece of a ceramic frog in various situations inspired Ruth to write the story. She decided to add text to the funny images and pen a story about Freddie’s escapades meeting different animals such as Sammy the squirrel and Frannie the frog.

A former director of Christian education and social worker at a public school, Ruth hopes the story will teach children to continue to use their imaginations and show them how to handle new situations as they pursue their school days.

“My first intention was to give the book as a gift to each member of my family,” Ruth says. “However, since I received my first copy, many people have been asking to purchase the book.  I am quite flattered.”

Seabrook Program Coordinator Erin Cali helped Ruth design and print the book.