Author shares publishing tips

Michael Tortorich
Evelyn Huckaby signs copies of her book “One More Sunset, Maybe I’d Be Satisfied” at a reception in the courtyard of the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

With the help of online publishing companies, anyone with a book in them can become an author.

Author Evelyn Huckaby wrote and self-published her memoirs, “One More Sunset, Maybe I’d Be Satisfied.”

Huckaby presented a workshop on self-publishing Wednesday night at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Her book recounts her childhood and life in and around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She recalled attending St. Amant Baptist School as a child.

She explained to participants how to choose subject matter for a book, writing, publishing and selling.

“Getting your book in your hand and showing your family is a great feeling,” Huckaby said.

The wife of a pastor, she found writing to be a catharsis as she sought therapy after experiencing an abusive childhood.

“That is what began my writing,” she said.

She confronted her father about the past and she said she began to eventually “feel resilience.”

The more she wrote, the more she found that she had to say.

She wrote some 400 pages to get her thoughts out, which were edited down to 135 pages.

She said she made herself sit and write several times a week.

“I would get everything out of me,” she said.

While she never set out to write a book, she found her writings to be too much not to put together.

“I always felt like it was just in me,” she said.

Huckaby helped aspiring authors navigate the technical aspects of uploading documents to such publishing companies as Lulu, which she used to publish her book.

She also went over distribution on popular book sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Once an ISBN number is obtained, an author can market and sell their work. She recommended spreading the word to family and friends, and drumming up a buzz with giveaways and book reviews.