About Clay

About Clay

                       Helping People to become Authors.

Hello, and welcome to The Art of Writing a Book.  My name is Clay Westfall, and I started this website to help aspiring authors who are struggling to find thier place in the literary world.  Now I have written a few books, but I am far from an expert.  Actually, I am sure thereWfamily will be visiters to my website who know more than me about writing.  If this is the case, feel free to suggest articles and give some advice when you stop by.

I have always been a family man, and I think a honerable legacy is a good thing to leave behind for your children and thier children.  What better legacy than a book that you wrote?  I encourage anyone who reads this to take that first step.  If you look through this website, I am sure your will find articles and reviews that will be helpful to you as you start writing that first book.

About me

I grew up in Alabama, and soon after high school, I joind the United States Navy.  Over the next twenty-two years, I was a submarine cook, a locksmith, funeral director, a police officer and a security office manager.  When I retired from the Navy, my wife found that we were expecting, and she gave birth to my son David.  We were so happy and the Lord had blessed us so much, we knew we needed to spread our love ot others.  A couple years later, we adopted two boys from Ukraine, Dmitri and Alexander.  After being a stay-at-home dad for my three sons, I started thinking about writing a book.

                                                                                Why this website?

navyIt was hard publishing my first book “My Navy, the voyage of a submarine cook.”  I loved writing, and I loved my time in the Navy, so that wasn’t the problem.  My problem was I didn’t have twenty thousand dollars to publish a book that I was pretty sure would never hit the New York Times best seller list.  I did waste two thousand dollars on prepublishing services that I later found to be totally worthless.  I was frustrated and angery.

I want the people who come to my website to learn from my mistakes.  I want them to know that they can become the published author they have dreamed to be, and they can do it for free.  Yes, I said for free.  Look through my articles and find out how.  You can do it, and I am here to help you.  If you ever need a hand or have ay questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Clay Westfall


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