I am a self-published author.
That statement has a ton of implications, mostly negative. It’s sort of like that old adage about gym teachers (those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym). Disclaimer: I’ve had a number of inspirational people in my life who teach gym. But, still, you get it.
What you self-published? No agent wanted to represent you? No real publisher wanted to buy your book? Self-publishing is like the answer to a lot of ‘no’.
This is particularly true for fiction. I write fiction. I’ve actually written a bunch of non-fiction, if you consider all the technical documentation I’ve written in my life. But, fiction–a format that teaches nothing… Jeepers.
But, truth be told, before I wrote my self-published novel, I worked for almost 30 years helping start-ups launch and grow and get sold. A self-published author is a lot like starting a new company. It’s just that what you’re selling is your own writing. So, when you think about it like that, it actually makes a lot of sense for me to create a publishing company to publish my books.
Now, the other part of this is that I’m sort of a ringer… Like the pro baseball player that shows up to join your softball team at a family re-union. For the last 10 years of my start-upping, I’ve been in digital advertising. So, I kind of know how to sell stuff, like books, for example, on the Internet.
That doesn’t mean I know all about how to be successful at this. Rather, it means that I’m not really afraid to try. I know the road, so to speak. I know the speak, to speak. I know how the algorithms work. Heck, I wrote algorithms (I’m also a computer programmer).
But, more than anything, I love science fiction. I love space. I love writing, and I love writers and creative types in general. So, I’m going to try. I’m going to write science fiction (maybe some magic realism, too, along the way), and I’m going to try to sell my and hopefully other’s book.
You see, I really have always just wanted to be a publisher. I guess that’s where this is going. I am a trying to be a publisher. I want to bring excellent writing to the world. I want to be a part of that. I had to start some place. So, I wrote a book.
There is another book coming. And, then another one. And, then, more. Stay tuned. So, I guess you could say I wanted to be a publisher, so I self-wrote a book.
Life is a journey. Open a new bottle of wine. Pour a glass and get to work.