3 Unexpected Outcomes of Self-Publishing by K.E. Garland #Spotlight

Many thanks to Felicia over at NesiesPlace for this Spotlight invitation. Check out the feature about The Unhappy Wife, give her a follow, AND check out her own book In The Best Interest of the Child.

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I’m honored and pleased to have Dr. K.E. Garland on the blog today. An educator by profession, Dr. Garland is not only finding success as an indie author, but her works of creative nonfiction are fostering discussions for social change [among women especially] on an international level.

Today, Dr. Garland shares three outcomes she never imagined when she first decided to self-publish.


TUW coverThe Unhappy Wife was conceived during one of my former 320-mile commutes to and from work. During those drives, I used to call family and friends to keep me company. Many calls were with one of my male cousins. This time, his marriage woes were exhausting.

“I’m going to write a book called The Unhappy Wife,” I told him, “and I’m going to ask your wife to participate!” He laughed and laughed at me, but I was serious.

It wasn’t just his wife and their drama. I had…

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17 thoughts on “3 Unexpected Outcomes of Self-Publishing by K.E. Garland #Spotlight

  1. I love your story of self-publishing, and the start of your book (the conversation with your cousin) reminds me of the start of mine. I was in one of the most challenging situations of my life, and something funny happened, and that moment turned the tide for me. I said I was going to write a book and name it “(blahblah)” and I went on to do just that — the important thing wasn’t the book itself (which I’m not promoting, quite the contrary), but the process of completing it. I challenge anyone who has an idea for a book to follow the process through and see it where it goes.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your lessons–I loved the book club connection. I am reminded that as a teacher I always underestimated my impact. When I stepped away from teaching, students commented on how much just a smile and a check in influenced their day. I can see a book club loving the ability to meet and listen to an author they read. Personal connections, even in a digital age, are so powerful. I also read “The Transition” and was completely touched by the emotion of this part of your life and how you honestly communicated the difficulties of forgiving and understanding to help build those family bridges.

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    1. Thank you for reading both of these and commenting; I appreciate it. That’s a great point you’ve made. I’m actually a professor and taught high school English for ten years, so I understand completely what you’re saying. This particular adventure has been similar. It’s like you pour your heart out on paper and send it out there, hoping it will influence others in positive ways, but you never know just how much of an impact you’ll really have…until later 😉 Thanks for this thought.

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