I am a new author with Oak Tree Press. Starting this process of publishing a book has opened up so many firsts for me; my first book (No Evidence of a Crime), my first publisher (OTP), my first time working at something other than as a forensic scientist. There are so many new things I have learned.
I have learned that most people are fascinated with forensics but some of the details aren’t that interesting. Blood changes color when someone dies from carbon monoxide poisoning; a good mystery stops there. A forensic scientist might add: The color change is due to the shift in absorbance from 555 nanometers to 535 nanometers in the visible light spectrum (not so fascinating in a mystery). Hopefully, I have stayed to the side of a good mystery.
I have learned authors have expansive, colorful vocabularies which they use in more than their books; words like Dipsy Doodle. It is fun to say and when you call someone a Dipsy Doodle (I have used it a number of times, now) there is always a hesitation as if to say “I am pretty certain I have been insulted but that may have been the name of the drink we had in the Bahamas.” Doodle. I picture it as a word Queen Elizabeth uses a lot. I bet she works with a lot of Doodles and the only thing worse than English Doodles are Yankee Doodles.
I have learned that the term unpublished authors describes people whose desire to write is as compelling and consuming as the desire to breathe (and, there are a lot of us out there); people not knowing if anyone else will ever read their work. The term pre-published author is someone who, in a sea of unpublished authors, was noticed. And, even though there are about 275,232 new books published each year. This year there will be one more, mine, and I can say I am an author, without a prefix or a suffix or a qualifier and to me, that is extraordinary.
S. Connell Vondrak