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Doing It Yourself

The year in local self-published literature

Do you have a book moldering away in a desk drawer? Or perhaps trapped in your laptop, languishing in a digital world of ones and zeroes, never to see light of day?

To keep your genius to yourself is a great disservice to the world, and these days, with self-publishing easier than ever, there’s no reason to deprive the world of your voice.

While going from self-published to the top of The New York Times Bestseller list is a long shot, you never know what might happen. So, what are you waiting for?

In 2017, lots of local authors took the plunge into self-publishing. Here’s a sampling of what we got tipped off to here at Eugene Weekly

In the far future, facts are myths and myths are taken as truth in Alpha Dawn: Book One of the Teragene Chronicles, penned by local siblings writing under the penname Morgan R.R. Haze. In the book, humans live on colonized planets in outer space. Human society has gone off track, but Captain Singer is prepared to lead the human race to a better future. Find Alpha Dawn: Book One of the Teragene Chronicles in paperback on Amazon.com for $10.99, or Amazon Kindle for $5.99. 

Set in Oregon’s south coastal town of Port Orford, The Last Frontier of the Fading West is a memoir by Helen Picca. The book tells the little-known true story of how an oil tanker was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the Oregon coast in the early days of World War II. This event propels a young woman into a half-century long saga spanning from WWII to the war in Kuwait, including several historical events familiar to any Oregon native. Get The Last Frontier of the Fading West in paperback on Amazon.com for $9.99 or Amazon Kindle for $2.99.

From Winchester Bay comes Paradigm Lost: Jamari Shaman, the second installment in a dystopian fantasy series from author R. Roderick Rowe. Set in a post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest, the book follows the coming of age story and spiritual journey of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality and identity in his homosexual-dominant tribe. Find Paradigm Lost: Jamari Shaman in paperback on Amazon.com for $15.99 or Amazon Kindle for $3.99.

Accidental Spirituality, from Eugene author George W. Kaufman, is a collection of essays reminding us to slow down and live life fully. Kaufman drew from his time practicing law in New York and Washington, D.C. as well as his work with the Omega Institute, a holistic education corporation, to inspire essays that he calls more simply “reflections.” Find Accidental Spirituality in paperback on Amazon.com for $12 or Amazon Kindle for $8. 

 

 

Winter Reading 2017 - Nonfiction & Essay Reviews

Winter Reading 2017 - Fiction, Poetry & Young Adult Reviews

Tell Me The Old Story - The Odyssey rendered by a woman

Failsafe - Eugene author Howard Libes debuts sci-fi novel When All Else Fails

Doing It Yourself - The year in local self-published literature

A Thousand Words - A roundup of the best photography books of the year

By Design - A selection of books on graphic art