Senior citizens over 60 years old have a great deal of experience to impart on others, but sometimes they do not have their “visions” shared because of the complexity of writing and publishing their stories. In most instances, the senior has access to word processing software, and the ability to use the software, but after writing their story has to wait for printers or traditional publishers to review and approve their stories.
Help Senior Citizens tell Stories
This is where I come in. I’m an independent author with Lulu for almost 20 years (yep, he has been with Lulu almost from the very beginning!), and I teach at local senior centers in Baltimore Maryland about self-publishing and how to format and publish a person’s works so that they may share with others their knowledge and experience. The course, entitled “Self-Publishing 101 for Independent Authors,” is taught with help from a study guide that I wrote and published on Lulu!
Using this study guide, along with the many different types of books (children’s, fiction, non-fiction, and education) I also published over the years, I aim to make the publishing process simple and clear.
Guide to publishing
My first class was given at Parkville Senior Center near Baltimore and had several individuals that wanted to learn more about self-publishing. The students actually had products in electronic form that they wanted to publish and Chris accommodated them through a step-by-step approach. As a result, most students have published works with Lulu. A sad chapter in this story is that one of the students completed his book, and has it published on Lulu and shortly after publishing his work passed away. His book of poems is available for sale on Lulu, which has been a great consolation for his relatives, who know that he left something for his future generations.
The gift of knowledge and experience is something that is priceless and knowing that these individuals in the class have the ability to author a book that focuses on something they want to share is also priceless. The fact that Lulu provides a platform for these individuals to express themselves makes them feel useful. This, according to author Elie Wiesel, in his book “Night,” is something that can make the difference between life and death.
With Lulu as part of that platform, I’ve been able to make a great impact on the future independent authors; young heart, old smart.