One day many years ago my friend Jay-Cee asked me how the story was coming along. (He was in my class in college and was very excited about the story.) I confessed I had given up on it and he proceeded to change my mind. I don't recall what he said, but at the end of the conversation I was convinced to finish. I started over with what I had and the story was simplified and found it's shape. Over the years Jay-Cee has been a great sounding board and has been instrumental in the development.
I finished the manuscript in 2011 and proceeded to assail agents in the literary
field. After several months and refusal letters later I was discouraged. Another man I know suggested self publishing an e-book with Apple. I did some research and discovered Smashwords.com.
I did the required formatting changes and published through Smashwords.com in August 2012.