Lee Goldberg

The Business of Books: Two local authors compare self-publishing and using a publishing company

As one of my English professors once told me, there’s not a lot of money in fiction writing, but that isn’t stopping two local writers from pursuing their dreams of perhaps one day appearing on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

Jimmie Barnes, a local musician and aspiring author who lives in Vidor, self-published his first book, “Redbone,” in 2017.

The song “Redbone,” written by Barnes and performed by local musicians Tim Burge and Scott McGill, sets the stage for Barnes’ novel.

“I took the song and started working on the book,” he said.