Yamhill county authors present self-published books

Six of Yamhill County’s authors came to present their books on Oct. 10 in Nicholson Library. The event was sponsored by Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library and Linfield Nicholson Library.

Stephan W. Long, self-published author of “There’s a Somebody,” helped organize the event and began the event with a book talk.

He recently self-published his book, which is a fictional novel about a male college student who, after his sister’s death, creates a delusional past for himself and has a misconception of who he is. In the end he finds clarity and redemption.

Frank Lisciandro is also a self-published author who spoke at the event. He has published two novels about his old friend from college, Jim Morrison, who was part of the 1960’s band The Doors.

Lisciandro was the photographer for Morrison and his band.

His book “Wilderness” features Morrison’s poetry and his Italian photo book “Jim Morrison. Diaro Fotografico” which contains photos of Morrison.

Ellie Gunn, a self-publisher, shared a few of her books, including “One Handful of Earth.” The book is about a midwife named Bella MacDonan that lives in the rural area of the Scottish Highlands in a community called Clans. When strangers come and attempt to take the community’s land Bella along with her husband and other protesters fight to keep their land.

Gunn’s book was written from her experience as a midwife and also from her research in Scotland.

Gunn also previously work as circulation manager at the former Northup Library.

Mark C. Pederson also presented his first little book called “Theology of Wine” that he published through Long.

The book features a Biblical perspective on wine, because it is a common practice in Bible to drink wine in moderation. He also owns a wine shop called Wednesday Wines that he opened with his wife in 2007.

“I wanted to look at the major themes of the bible with how it treats wine,” Pederson said.

Richard Cheverton discussed his book “The Maverick Way: Profiting from the Power of Corporate Misfit.”

Mavericks are referred to out-of-the-box thinkers that help to create breakthroughs in the business world. Cheverton conveys the methods that mavericks use to bring success and innovation to the corporate world.

Lisa Ohlen Harris, a creative nonfiction author, brought two of her books. “Through the Veil” shares Harris’ own experiences and encounters with women in the Middle East. Also, her other book called “A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving.”

“I was writing while I was caregiving, basically, to work out what I was feeling and the frustration,” Harris said. The writings became part of Harris’ memoir.

Topics of discussion for a majority of the authors were the difficulties of publishing a book nowadays and also the commonality of self-publishing.

“It is very expensive to publish and it is very expensive to promote,” Long said who was discussing traditional publishing.

“96 percent of the books that were on sale in the United State in 2004 sold less than one thousand copies,” Lisciandro said, who also addressed the difficulty of selling books as well as publishing them.

Overall, to be a writer “you need to love literature to do this,” Long said. Cheverton said being an author also requires being ones own corporation and one’s own brand.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

Mariah Gonzales can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Ellie Gunn (right) and Mark C. Pederson are two of the six Yamhill County authors who discussed their books on Oct. 10. After the book discussions there was wine and cheese served as many of members of the audience stayed after the book discussions to chat with the authors.

Erin Heltsley/Freelance photographer