choices made

My experiences leading to the publication of my novels - Choices Made: The Street Years and Choices Made: Fathers and Sons - for sale now at This is something I never even dreamt of and it's happening.

Location: Wisconsin, United States

Always enjoy trying new things and when I find a new interest, I tend to immerse myself in it.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Buyers & Book 2 and 3

I had someone call today specifically to ask when they could buy a copy of Book 1 - Yeah. Another sale.

Spent some time polishing book 2: Fathers and Sons, and sent it to my br-in-law's cousin for a first read and comments. I want to get it ready for a January 2006 publication.

Meanwhile, have to keep busy - knocked off Chapter 1 of Book 3: Missouri or Misery. Fingers just keep moving over the keyboard. (sure am glad I learned how to type!)

Saturday, February 26, 2005


I put the link in the profile but if you want to get a pre-order copy of my book, go to:

Very close now

Quite some years ago, I starting writing some thoughts about a character in a notebook. Soon the notebook was too small so I started putting them on my 386 (screaming) computer with all of 8meg of RAM. I wore that one out and moved to a laptop which I actually still use with its 24 meg of RAM and 500 meg hard drive. Hey, it works.

All those notes soon became a book. Took a Saturday morning workshop where they encouraged me to continue as the character sounded interesting. Took a few more workshops. Learned more. Worked more. Wrote more. Created - Choices Made. After putting together 160,000 words, I had trouble with the first chapter. You know - where to begin to catch the reader. It didn't work in one chapter so wrote another book. Choices Made: The Street Years which is my character's beginning.

After a lot more work, Book 1 changed enough that I had to toss all of the original 160,000 words of Choices Made.

If you are not bored - keep going.

I began working the Agent/Publisher route with the query letters and got my share of rejections. Watched the e-book evolution and the Print-On-Demand revolution and decided the watching had to end and I had to be part of it.

I found a great self-publishing company, Trafford Publishing ( and signed with them in December 2004. (By the way, if you want to self-publish, drop them my name (Christine McMahon) as they have a great referral program!!)

They were super in giving me the needed information to get my book published. I decided to save money so did the formatting and layout myself and also created the oil painting for the cover. From start to finish the book is MINE. MINE. MINE.

Do I sound possessive and proud? It also came about by asking friends to read it. Thankfully some did and they all encouraged me to keep going.

On Tuesday, I received my proof copy (a real, physical document with a colored cover and everything - in my hand) in the mail.

Talk about surreal experiences - I am carrying around a book with my name on it as the author.

Yesterday, I signed off on the proof which means - full steam ahead.

I don't know how many they will print on the first shot or when they are off the press but stay tuned and I'll keep you posted on where it goes from here.

If you want to know more about my first book: Choices Made: The Street Years you can go to my website (which I also did by myself) and read a longer synopsis and some excerpts.

I am sitting here with a BIG smile on my face.

See you.

Back cover and synopsis

Oil on Canvas original created for the Book Cover of Choices Made: The Street Years