Indian Lake Writing is good medicine, at least for Dr. Daniel Way, but the jury’s still out on self-publishing.
Way will be launching his second book — “Never a Dull Moment: A Tapestry of Scenes & Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice” — this weekend. At the same time, he will be honored by the Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center during the group’s Harvest Gala fundraiser at the Saratoga Holiday Inn.
And he hopes the books arrive on time.
“I wanted to have the book ready for sale at the gala on Oct. 19, and I started the publication process about six months ago,” Way said. “The time factor has been right down to the wire because I’m working so many long hours ... It’s going to turn out that I will receive the book two days before the gala, and I’m sweating bullets.”
Way is a primary care physician at the Indian Lake Health Center, operated by the Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN), and has been with the Network for more than 30 years. His first book, “All in a Day’s Work: Scenes and Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice,” published by Syracuse University Press in 2004, recounts the influences from his childhood that led to his career in medicine and passion for photographing and writing about his beloved Adirondacks.
For his second book, Way formed a publishing company — Indian Lake Press — to self-publish, and there was definitely a learning curve.
“I learned that publishing was more involved than I thought,” Way said. “Having to do things like bar code numbers and ISBNs assigned to the book and finding out that they cost a lot of money to get, and registering the name of my publishing company with the Hamilton County Clerk’s office ... establishing a company from scratch.”