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Self-Publishing 101

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While busy as a practicing physician in South Carolina, our next guest decided to jump into the book writing business after his brother began telling him stories about his Cold War experiences aboard a nuclear submarine.  He and his brother finished the book in 2017, then they navigated the publishing possibilities which became a lesson in entrepreneurship.

Mike Switzer interviews Charles Hood, director of radiology at Laurens County Hospital in Clinton, SC and co-author of “Poopie Suits and Cowboy Boots: Tales of a Junior Submarine Officer During the Height of the Cold War.”

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.