Good afternoon My name is Paul J Darran. I would, if I may, ask your advice. I come from 9 generations of British soldiers. We have served 22 decades continually from 1794.We are not officers but non commissioned officers & privates, that have fought in nearly every campaign & battle since that date, Including the Irish Rebellion ,the Peninsular War & Waterloo, NSW, India, Afghanistan, New Zealand ,South Africa ,Egypt & Palestine as well as other countries around the world & of course both world wars ,in between & post war campaigns. I have been told by historians & author's that their wouldn't be an interest for a book, on such a military family, from a working class background. To basically forget it. it is too long & covers over two centuries. I am the last to serve & feel its my duty to preserve the historical heritage of my family, which has been fully documented, covering over 20 years of research. So I would like your advice. Would you create one book or many covering decades? would it be better to search for an author or self publish .My forefather have been mentioned in three books. Victorian Medals, Road to Armageddon & Battle of Eureka Stockade. Soldier magazine & Who do you think you are magazine, both did articles & Dan Snow did a podcast,. but I would like to get our military heritage into book form. I hope you can help in some way.
Paul J Darran
Without knowing a lot more detail I’d suggest a single book because there’s a single theme running though your family’s extraordinary and admirable story! It might be a very long book, but that’s fine. I’d also suggest that you try to write it, because even if you did find someone else to be the author they’d need your research and memories. I confess I know nothing of self-publishing, except that it works extremely well for some writers, but I’d try to find an agent who would be interested in what does sound like something extraordinary and so be published by a company that specializes in military books.