Linda Mitchell brings history to life with her collection of Depression-era notes that give a glimpse into the everyday lives of ordinary Americans. She discusses marketing for her niche genre and offers numerous suggestions for getting your work out there.
1. Pretend for a moment I’m a reader looking for my next book. Pitch me your book in five to ten sentences.
“Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter…” takes you on a journey using a variety of notes, written during the Great Depression years of 1937-1940, as stepping stones. It was during those years in Newport, KY, that third grade teacher Miss Schneider began collecting the written excuses the mothers of her students sent in as to why their children were absent from school.
These humble, heartfelt and often humorous notes, which give us a glimpse into the lives of these families, have been cloistered in a scrapbook for over 70 years. Enjoy, as well, the history of Miss Schneider’s life, as pages of photos and memorabilia guide you through the years.
It was a lifetime ago. Their story has been waiting to be told.
2. What motivated you to become an indie writer?
My book started out as a personal project to preserve the aged and deteriorating notes in my mother’s scrapbook. I wanted to create a keepsake for my children and grandchildren. But as it evolved, I knew that it was becoming something that others would enjoy. So the “project” actually motivated me to become an indie writer.
3. Have you been traditionally published? Why or why not?
No. This is my first experience publishing. I felt my book had a specific and perhaps a limited niche. And because it was about my family I wanted to have complete control of it.