The Huckster's Son: A Memoir of Fruit, Drugs, Rock and Roll is a raw and honest story of growing up in the '70s.
Why did you decide to self-publish? Did you have any doubts?
I self-published on the recommendation of my editor. He thought with the publishing climate the way it was post-pandemic it would be the easiest thing. The suggestion brought me a dose of reality and freed me from the delusion of my book being on the New York Times best- seller list. In the end it was the right decision since I was mainly trying to get my story out.
How long did it take?
The process of writing my memoir took five years or more. It was an extended and slow morphing process but the progress and my attention to the work was very satisfying.
What did you like best?
I liked working with my coach and editor who gave me great direction and really helped streamline the work and move the process along. I couldn’t have done it without my coach Michelle and editor Nick.
What was the hardest part?
Revisiting painful moments in my life was not easy though very cathartic. It was difficult at times to keep up with the changes my editor suggested. I had to really surrender to the process. Getting to the finish line was not easy but very rewarding.
Would you do it again?
I hope to do it again and in the nebulous stages of a novel at the moment. We shall see!
What advice do you have for authors just starting?
To authors just starting I would advise to stay the course. Even if you only write or revise for ten minutes a day just do something. As long as you keep dedicated to the process you will see the progress. The feeling of completing a book, regardless of how it is received is without compare.
Holding the finished product in your hands for the first time is incredible.
Randy Bucksner lives in Lancaster, PA. When not writing, selling women’s apparel to small boutiques, or playing gigs with his horn, he loves spending time with his four granddaughters. This is his first book.
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