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The Preservation Foundation was incorporated in 1976.  In 1997 we published our first story on our website.  Since then we've published more than 2,000.  

In 2001, we published our first paperback, A Curiosity of Cats.  Ten years later we published our first E-Book.  Actually, we published five - a series by 90-year-old Mary McIntosh entitled Mary's Diary, A Secret Journal of the 1930s.  The books cover the years 1935 - 1939, one volume for each year.  Not long after that we converted the series into five well-received paperbacks.

Click here to see Mary's books as well as all our other publications at Amazon. You can also buy one of them (thank you very much) or sample one or more for free. 

You don't need a Kindle to read the E-Books.  You can download free apps from Amazon that will let you read them on computers or practically any other internet connected devices now available or to come.

In 2012 we added print-on-demand publishing of traditional books.  We have 20 or so paperbacks currently for sale at Amazon and as many E-Books.  

Why publish your manuscript as a traditional paperback and/or E-Book?  

Simple.  It will be listed for sale by the world's largest bookseller - Amazon.  It will also be picked up and possibly sold by other retailers and wholesalers.  Once published, your paperback book can be seen, bought, and read by almost anyone in the world. Your E-Book can be read on their computer, their mobile phone, or other internet connected device.  And you can be published soon, not years from now or never.

Will The Preservation Foundation act as your publisher?  As much as we would like to, unfortunately, we now no longer offer to publish for writers newer to our fellowship.  We are older now, so we have been obliged to restrict our work to writers who have been with us for many years.

Well, then, couldn't you publish your own book?  The answer is yes. The programming for Kindle is now a good deal easier than when we started.  There are now many how-to articles and videos at Amazon, Lulu (another place you could publish your book if you don't like Amazon), and many other places on the web.

So, yes, you could be your own publisher.  If you have reasonably good computer skills then I'd say give it a try.  Here is a link to Amazon's page: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/  And here is a link to Lulu's:  https://www.lulu.com/

But if you don't have those skills or the time to acquire them then you will need a friend, relative, or a teenager to help.  

A word of caution--if you check the web for book publishers you will find hundreds out there. Some are honest and charge a reasonable fee for their work. Most do a good job but be prepared to pay in advance for the time and expertise they give you. 

Others are just a new variety of "vanity press" that will promise the moon but deliver very little other than requests for money.  Don't get sucked in by empty promises.

Finally, there is a big question.  Should you expect your book to earn lots of bucks?  

The answer is--not unless you are willing to promote it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Whether you publish it yourself or with someone else, other than a major trade publisher, the promotion has to be done by you.  

Maybe you'll get lucky and get a review that sparks great sales.  Or maybe we can convince a trade publisher to take over the book.  It could happen. But most books sales are going to have to depend on whatever help you can give them.  So sales may not be great.  Still, the satisfaction of having your hard work published and available for sale may be reward enough. You'll have to decide that. 

So if you have a book length manuscript that is ready for publication, write or call us. We will be happy to answer questions or suggest resources you can use to get your book published.  I wish we could still do the work for you, but I'm confident with a little study and perseverance you can do a great job for yourself.  

Richard Loller
Nashville, Tennessee
September 16, 2023

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