Civil War Acclaimed Novel Picked Up By Vermont's Fair Haven Free Library

Self-Published Debut Novel Picked Up by Library Systems. Emily Hill, IndieAuthor of 'Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner' discusses the journey of getting a self-published novel into the nation's library systems.
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Aug. 7, 2011 - PRLog -- “It takes hard work, perseverance, and perfection to get one’s debut novel accepted into a town’s library system.  From my point of view it’s the step beyond bookstore placements, and book signings” stated writer Emily Hill recently.  But Ms. Hill, author of ‘Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner’ was able to attain just that milestone when the Fair Haven Free Library in Fair Haven, Vermont picked up her debut novel.  (The St. Petersburg, Florida library system also includes ‘Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner’ in its collection.)

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Carol Scott, director of the Fair Haven library (which contains over 16,000 volumes) noticed the historical novel on Ingram several months ago and made a decision to add the novel to her collection based upon the novel’s inclusion of Fair Haven history.

“It’s receiving very good reviews,” remarked Ms. Scott when she and the author met for the first time while Ms. Hill was vacationing in Vermont.  

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“Amazon readers have given the novel ten five-star reviews,” Hill informed the Director of the Fair Haven library.  The book’s inclusion into the Fair Haven Free Library collection was the result of a full-time 30-hour a week, seven month, process by the IndieAuthor.  Ms. Hill self-publishes and coaches other IndieAuthors under the banner A. V. Harrison Publishing.  

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The original edition of the novel, published in December 2010, was designed with a striking black and tan cover that offset a vintage photograph of the main character, Confederate Colonel, C. T. Jenkins.  In January 2011 the author set out on a book tour to Florida, where the novel is set.  She had fifteen copies of the novel in the trunk of her rental car.  At the same time ‘Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner’ was available only on Amazon and

“I learned a college degree worth of information on that self-designed book tour; including book store placements, media and book reviewer relations, inventory, book design, and editing.”  The author came home to one review that chastised the author for editing errors.  Although the novel had been professionally edited, she knew she had to start over.  

“No book can go to bookstore shelves, or even on-line in eBook format, with typos and grammatical errors.  Hiring the wrong editor for my book cost me a lot more than the $900 I had paid for editing services.  You lose so much momentum if you don’t have your books looked at by two additional word-by-word ‘readers’ after its formal editing.  If you are a serious writer, you’ll heed this advice.”

In February 2011 with her debut novel redesigned in a Civil War motif and properly edited, the author started over.  This time she decided to expand the novel’s distribution to Ingram.  

“The decision to expand distribution to Ingram was made after I read a recommendation by another IndieAuthor.  Indies usually learn from each other – and have a great generosity toward one another.  I knew that if I was going to continue coaching other writers I would need the experience of expanded distribution and ‘Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner’ was the perfect choice.”  Ingram distributes to libraries, as well as independent bookstores, which interested the author.  

“Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner’ is a historical novel that has been vetted by Florida historians.  Because of its academic and historical content it allows readers a view of The South’s perspectives in the lead-up to the Civil War.  I feel this makes the novel particularly worthwhile.”

“Staying true to my character’s political and emotional perspective, based on family letters and news accounts from vintage newspapers, was my prime objective.  The novel gives readers a perspective of the looming war from a Southerner’s perspective, which I believe will be helpful for young readers interested in how The South felt about Lincoln’s policies and states’ rights issues” notes Ms. Hill.

Based on a true story  ‘Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner’ features a young ingénue from Fair Haven, Vermont, Eliza Colburn, who vacations in Florida in 1858 and makes the acquaintance of Colonel C. T. Jenkins.  Colonel Jenkins, the product of a prosperous Baltimore family has made his home in Florida, far from northern winters.  A marriage of convenience is arranged by Miss Colburn’s strong-willed mother.  Just as the couple settle down to pineapple farming on the Homosassa River, Lincoln is elected President.  Florida secedes from the Union; thus challenging Colonel Jenkins to choose between loyalty to the newly formed Confederacy and concentrating on his December-May marriage.  Colonel Jenkins chooses the Confederate Cause as his first calling and participates in getting Confederate goods and supplies through the Union’s blockade of the Southern States.  His decision sets a precarious course for his Vermont-reared wife life after his capture by Lincoln’s forces.  

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“I am thrilled that my novel is being picked up by libraries now.  'Jenkins' is intended as a lesson in history and choices, which makes it perfect for library placement,” Emily Hill adds.

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A.V. Harrison Publishing features ground-breaking topics from emerging authors. Its books are distributed by Ingram, available on and B&N Nook. Owner, Emily Hill, invites submissions and can be contacted at
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