Drawing Stories Using Words

Balboa Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. These are the words of Dr. Donna Clovis, author of  “Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place.” and “Six Doors Down.” If you’d like to contact or connect with Dr. Clovis, you can do so through Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. To learn more about her novel “Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place,” feel free to watch its book trailer on YouTube. Download the Balboa Press free publishing guide to receive more information on self-publishing your book with Balboa Press. 

Drawing with Words

Words. Words draw pictures like paintings of stories waiting to be told.

As a writer and journalist, I love telling stories. My first book, Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place, is aQuantum Leaps story about the interviews of the oldest people living in Princeton, New Jersey at the time. About several months after the interviews, my daughter had a play date with a new friend. That encounter led to the finding of the original homeowner’s diary from 1912 in the basement of the Princeton mansion.

The mansion, commonly referred to as “The Rosedale House,” happened to have something in common with us. It was a childhood home to one of the people I had previously interviewed. Later in life, this same woman worked as a housekeeper there! From this discovery on, we felt the story should be published in a book. I wrote in a new room of the mansion during each of my daughters play dates.

The sequel novel called, Six Doors Down, was just released this month. The novel continues the first story in Princeton from 1960 to the present. As I write this blog, I am working on the third installment of my series about Princeton.

Self-Publishing Perks

After I write a manuscript, I make sure an editor looks over the entire document. A good editor is invaluable to a writer. I suggest that every writer has one. It allows your manuscript to look clean and polished before it gets to the publishing house.

Donna ClovisBalboa Press was a great publisher for my books because of their professionalism and product.
Their affiliation with Hay House is also a positive connection! Because of this connection, I have interviewed on Hay House Radio, participated in the I Can Do It! book signings with Hay House authors, and my books have been sold on the Balboa Press and the Hay House web site! I never imagined such an audience.

Today, I am happy to be blogging about my self-publishing experience. My goal in sharing this story, is to encourage unsure or hesitant authors of the benefits that come from self-publishing with Balboa Press. I hope the same for you as I hope for myself: to be a positive influence to the world through the words I write.

Words are truly magical. Words can draw pictures of our stories and interactions. Writing and reading is about all of us. All of us can share, encourage, and contribute to a world that is eager to hear good words!


Balboa Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by emailing blog@balboapress.com. We may not be able to use every story, but we will read and consider them. Balboa Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, and punctuation accuracy; as well as for space.


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