Hello all, I’ll keep this blog rather short and simple. One of the biggest helps I’ve had in this whole authoring adventure has been one of my best friends, Chris.
Chris is actually a big reason most of you have the opportunity to read my stuff. After I had written Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror, I was shopping it around and getting tired of receiving rejection letters from agents, publishers, and other such individuals. I was aware of ebooks and the Kindle, but was ignorant on the finer points of them. It was Chris who told me about Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), where an independent author can publish directly to the Kindle. This gave me an avenue to publish, it was through KDP that I learned about Createspace, where I have my books actually brought into the physical realm.
Another reason that I give Chris so much credit for my (mis)adventures in professional writing; after I finished a beast of a manuscript that I keep locked in my closet, because it took too much out of me for me to want to go back and look at it right now (one day, one day I will). Not wanting to stop writing, I was not sure what I should do. I wanted something that was fun and not so heavy. Chris suggested I give steampunk a try. He thought my sense of action would fit in nicely with the genre. Needless to say, Winston & Baum were born out of this advice.
So one of the best tips that I can provide to someone is to listen to their friends. Whether you know it or not, sometimes a simple bit of advice can lead you down a brand new path. Given that I have 2 published Winston & Baum books with 3 more planned, I can say that these books may have never come about it not for a simple suggestion made by someone who just thought I’d like it.
Listen with open ears, because it’s as important as writing with a vivid imagination. And to my buddy, Chris thanks.
To all you friends out there, keep making suggestions and being the awesome people that you are.
Also don’t forget, I have a book signing August 8 from 5-8 at the Hiram Bookstore, would love to see you there.