Charles Franklin Emery III was born in Los Angeles, California in 1956. He joined the US Navy Submarine force in 1977 and spent the following six years on Fast Attack and Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines as a Sonar Technician and Sonar Supervisor. He forged a career in commercial Nuclear Power and is now a Consulting Engineer to various electric utilities. He is an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoys working on his 1964 Plymouth Savoy and collecting colonial American coins. Drag Racing is also a passion and his 1964 Plymouth Savoy Nostalgia Super Stocker provides the needed outlet. He now resides with a Boston Terrier horde and his wife Sherry in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Charles owns and operates his own publishing imprint, Bunkiedog Press. The website address for Bunkiedog Press is http://www.bunkiedog.com . Bunkiedog Press has published Dad, Dog and Fish & A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story and “A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story” – Second Edition. He is currently working on the memoirs Moondoggie and the Boston Terrier Horde, Gearhead and Bubblehead.
Welcome to Beyond the Books, Charles. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
As the owner and operator of Bunkiedog Press, I’ve published three books. They are A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story, Dad, Dog & Fish and A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition.
Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
I tried the traditional publishing route with little success, never made it out of the slush pile and got sick of form responses. I had some good responses from some agents that liked the work but they felt there was not a big enough market for my book so I bypassed the traditional and vanity presses and started my own imprint, Bunkiedog Press.
Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
Rejections are tough but it comes with the job. Folks need to know that if you put yourself out there, you’ll find folks that hate your work as well as those that love it. Just keep writing, you’ll get there. Maybe.
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
I published it through my imprint, Bunkiedog Press
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
It’s great to see your work in print. The dogs and I had some beef jerky to celebrate
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Not enough, that’s for sure. I sponsored some giveaways and used word of mouth
Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
I’ve published three books. They are A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story, Dad, Dog & Fish and A Man and His Maniac: The Bunkie Story – Second Edition
Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
Nothing. My biggest mistake was not getting initial work edited to the point of perfection. It’s still not perfect but I use eyes other than my own for reviews/editing. That’s essential.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
Bringing families together with my books. Very gratifying.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
Professional Bass Fisherman. Talk about a good gig
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
I have a day job that feeds the family. I write and publish and that feeds what little literary ego I have left. I’m good.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
If I’m not dead, I’ll be fishing… and writing
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Keep at it and think outside the box. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.