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Author Spotlight: Patrick Harnish

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Publisher Services

We asked our clients to share their self-publishing journey and provide suggestions for new authors.

Author: Patrick Harnish
Book: Darkest Depths to Brighter Beginnings


Please tell us a little about yourself and what prompted you to write a book:

I wrote about non-fiction book from personal experiences in childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. I knew when I did speakings,  I needed a way to connect with the audience that was cheap for them, and that I could help donate to the humane society, which I did at 20% of each book sold every year. I was not about how many books I sold, it was about teaching kids to place a name to something that was bothering them internally, mentally. I knew that others were sharing stories of trauma and confusion, and lacked information. My book shares my story and what I learned.

Please tell us a little about your book:

My book of-course is non-fiction about bullying and being abused in an Iowa school system that failed at every level, the trauma that stuck until the age of 28, until I realized I couldn’t live with it anymore. The book helps parents realize what they and their children are living with, and how to gain some signs of what to look for. In essence, how to connect.

How long did it take you to finish your book?

Around 3 months

Do you offer your book as an ebook? No

What has been the most challenging aspect of self-publishing and what suggestions would you give to a new author?

I would say the process in finding an ISBN number was confusing at first until I discovered Publisher Services. Once I read their information it was a breeze. Finding a suitable printer was a challenge as well because I had specific needs for music especially the weight of the paper. I finally found a printer that uses WEB printing process(not the internet but big Heidelberg printing presses)