At book and other talks, I always encourage people to write, every day. Record your memories, share them with children and grandchildren. Those written stories will be so incredibly valuable to future generations. And writing is fun!
Jim Baumer knows this. He reports that, “In 2004, I had an idea for my first book.” That was When Towns Had Teams, published in 2005, and one of my favorites that year. It captured the stories of town baseball teams after World War II.
Bitten by the book bug, Jim tackled Moxie next. Down East books published his Moxie: Maine In A Bottle in 2012, and it quickly became a favorite around the state.
During that same time period, even though he had other jobs, he started an independent publishing business, learning a lot about the publishing and writing businesses along the way.