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“She is talented and smart and professional.
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CLIENT HALL OF FAME
A self-published memoirist looks back on an unusual
About a year ago, Samantha was hired by Mitchell Batavia to prepare a memoir for publication. The author was his brother, Andrew I. Batavia, a lawyer and activist with quadriplegia, who was responsible for writing part of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Drew had died twelve years before.
Mitchell (himself a professor and published author) and the Batavia family decided that the memoir should be published in time for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA, as a way of honoring Drew’s memory. The project proceeded at a breakneck pace to meet its deadline—and succeeded!
Samantha recently reminisced with Mitchell about their shared accomplishment:
Samantha Shubert: Looking back, do you feel different about the process or about the book, different than when you started?
Mitchell Batavia: It was amazing. I think that was the advantage of self-publishing, to be able to just plow it through, with the help of people like you, of course. I’m happy that I got it out, and I feel satisfied a year later that it’s out there. It’s really— It’s like giving birth, and then you hope that it has a life of its own.
SS: When you started this, you had a certain mindset. You had goals and expectations and an emotional feeling about it.
MB: Once we published, it was silence for half a year. And it felt like: Was this a total waste of time? Is it just going to be family members that read this thing? And it’s only recently that the publishing company is doing their reports. And I get these emails once a month, and I’m surprised that I get these royalties!
MB: [laughs] The fact that there’s some business every month indicates that it may be taking on some traction. And that feels good. I just want people to read it, that’s all. I don’t care if they read it as a library book or whatever.
SS: Right, you just want it out there.
MB: And I feel very satisfied that we were able to finish the project. Would I have liked it to be a publishing company, instead of doing it myself? Well, I don’t know. I mean, I’ve learned a hell of a lot, doing it myself. I don’t need the status of finding a publishing house. I’ve done that already, and I feel, frankly, there’s almost no difference in the end product. You know, maybe they would have been able to get me a couple of mainstream reviews.
SS: You fixate on that.
MB: I know I do!
SS: Thinking about that crazy couple of weeks that we spent working on this, did you enjoy that?
MB: It was much harder doing that than writing it. I mean copyediting. I have a lot of respect for you. I mean, that is just [laughs], it’s just really— I don’t know what the word is. I’m sure you’ll come up with it.
SS: [laughs] Tedious?
MB: Tedious, tedious! It’s really tedious, and fatiguing, and when you’re doing it under a deadline, you know, it really is hard. But it was amazing, it was a good team. I wasn’t alone, I had you, which was really very fortunate.
Wisdom from a Chair: Thirty Years of Quadriplegia is available from Amazon.
Photo used with permission of Mitchell Batavia.
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