With this blog post, I launch a new career, that of independent author and publisher. I’ve left my full-time job as a marketing professional and will write and publish fiction full time. Most people who know me well, especially my family, are probably thinking it’s about time. After all, I’ve been talking about, thinking about, and even dabbling in writing for 25 years. I know, that’s a long time to just putz around with something you’ve professed to love. But what can I say, writers are notorious procrastinators.
I think novelist Alan Dean Foster was spot on when he said “the thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” Another favorite saying of mine is the old chestnut often attributed to author Janet Dailey that goes: “some day is not a day of the week.” I guess if it’s one thing writers like to do more than procrastinate, it’s making up quotes about procrastinating.
Okay, then; 25 years is a long time to be sharpening my pencil. I guess I should get down to business. And that is how I plan to approach it – as a business. After a career in publishing, and another in digital marketing (not to mention nine years as a theater producer and director) I plan to take a business approach to being a full-time writer and publisher of fiction. My first story, a horror novella called Snow Day, comes out in late April as both an ebook and audiobook. Several more titles are slated for release later in 2013. Using my publishing and marketing experience, I will work to ensure these thrillers find an audience. In time, I hope to help other authors of suspense fiction do the same with their work. No doubt, I will have a long and challenging road ahead, but as business person, it is a road I know well.
I am ready for it; especially the inevitable and skeptical question many will voice. It goes like this: so, you want to be a writer, huh? And when they ask this, I will tell them no. I will explain that I strive to be a successful entrepreneur who writes. Stories will be my currency, a stable middle-class income will be my break-even point, and personal fulfillment will be my profit. And if I entertain a lot of people along the way, I will have achieved my mission. I will tell them, I don’t just mean to write – I mean business.
As I take this journey of personal reinvention, and set off to make my way in the new and ever-shifting landscape of publishing, I invite you to follow along by reading my blog posts. No, they will not be the typical instruction on how to self-publish a book. There are too many writers who already do that well. Instead, I will share with you my struggles, what I learn along the way, how I feel about it all, and – with any luck – how I overcome. These blog posts will be personal journal entries with professional insight. Think of them as my silk road stories, dispatches from the land of this-had-better-work-or-I’m-screwed.
As the story of my new career unfolds through this blog and my published works, it may not be as mysterious as a season of Lost, or as gleefully convoluted and other worldly as a Doctor Who story arc. But I assure you, the tale will be real, and it will be truthful, and it will be mine. Come, I invite you to read, and watch, and participate.
This aircraft that is my new career is pushing away from the gate. Now it’s racing down the runway, picking up speed, engines laboring and whining louder in our ears. The pulsing lights along our path tell us that we’re reaching the end of the tarmac. Will the nose rise, the wings bow, and the wheels lift as the ship catches the air? Or will this puppy crash and burn in spectacular fashion? Who knows, but what ever the outcome, it promises to be an interesting adventure.
I hope you’ll join me for the ride.
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