Three authors with local ties self-publish


By Kathy Oswalt-Forsythe

Self-publishing options have opened affordable doors for many authors to gain audience for their writings. With original copy and some basic technical know-how, it is possible to make and create digital and print-on-demand publications. Three writers with local ties, Elizabeth Hamilton, Dr. Robert “Bob” Ike MD, and Elizabeth (Guetschow) Spencer have current titles available.

Schoolcraft resident Elizabeth Hamilton published her third book with the late Harriett Swartz, “Have Camera Will Travel in the Historic Village of Schoolcraft Michigan.” The book presents Hamilton’s photography and features snippets of life in Schoolcraft. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support the Schoolcraft Historical Society and is available at Wrapped in Gratitude.

Dr. Robert Ike, a 1970 graduate of Vicksburg High School and retired rheumatologist and professor at the University of Michigan, has continued his research and reflections about the tragic car accident in 1968 which killed two of his schoolmates and three boys from the class of 1968. His essay and recent reflection about this event’s impact on the youth and local community, “The Accident,” is available on Amazon. Other topics and information appear on his blog, theviewfromharbal.com.

Elizabeth Spencer is a 1988 graduate of Vicksburg High School and a 1992 graduate of Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.). She lives with her family near Battle Creek and is a freelance writer and editor. She writes for various online parenting and faith-based sites and on her blog, guiltychocoholicmama.blogspot.com. In the fall of 2020, she self-published “Known By His Names: A 365-Day Journey From The Beginning to The Amen,” a daily devotional focusing on the names, attributes, descriptions, and titles of God, starting with the Beginning in Genesis and ending with the Amen in Revelation. It can be started on any day of the year and is available on Amazon.

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