Monday, January 07, 2008
Why is Tristi Self-publishing?
A long, long time ago, Shanna asked why I was going to self-publish a book. I'm sorry I didn't answer for so long -- we're having a crazy week at my house and lots of things are going by the wayside. I was quite amazed to see that the last time I posted, it was Wednesday -- I think that's the longest I've ever gone without blogging.
It's all Warren Jeffs' fault.
My book is the true story of my great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Perkins (pictured). He was a Welsh immigrant who participated in the Hole-in-the-Rock expedition in southern Utah in 1879-1880, and it was he who engineered their passage through the rock. He was an incredible man and left a legacy that I'm proud to call my own. He also happened to marry his wife's sister after settling in Bluff, making him a polygamist.
The book is well-written, emotional, and contains some of my best writing ever. But because of the Warren Jeffs brouhaha, the LDS publishers have become cautious about publishing stories that contain polygamy. The book was rejected by four LDS publishers for various reasons, but largely stating their concern about polygamy.
I don't want to let this book sit in the back of a closet somewhere, gathering dust. I strongly feel that I owe it to my progenitors to share their story of faith and courage. So I'm going to self-publish it, with the help of my good friend B.J. Rowley and his publishing imprint, Golden Wings. I'm so excited to be proceeding with this project. You'll hear more about it as we go along.