It turns out that not even having a U.S. president for a father can guarantee a publishing contract.
This week, Patti Davis, born Patricia Reagan, self-published a novel in the Kindle book store. Titled Till Human Voices Wake Us, the book deals with a woman's lesbian relationship with her sister-in-law. From the book description on Amazon:
In the empty days after her son's death, left alone in her grief by her husband, Isabelle Berendon falls in love with the unlikeliest person in the world: her sister-in-law.
Davis has previously written 8 books, including The Long Goodbye, which chronicled her father's, Ronald Reagan's, battle with Alzheimer's disease. Now that she has penned a fictional novel (and one dealing with lesbianism at that), she states in her author biography that she finds herself in the same boat as other authors who can't get an offer from a publishing house. However, she is also embracing the self-publishing model that ebooks are making more possible:
I've written a lot about my famous family, the Reagans -- maybe this non-autobiographical novel was too much of a departure for publishers to wrap their heads around. But now there is KDP and the room to publish a book yourself. It's exciting to me -- a new era in publishing. Most writers have books they have labored over for years and long to put out into the world. Till Human Voices Wake Us is one of those books.