Thank you for being here to read this. At the risk of sounding disingenuous, you should know that I already appreciate you immensely.
I decided a short while ago to launch my book as an ebook before doing it in hard copy for quite a few reasons. The first reason was, of course, funding. It’s kind of scary when you do silly things like write books. For many years now I’ve been in a “one day I’m going to be a writer” space. That space no longer exists for me. I am, in every sense of the word, a REAL writer. Perhaps not the greatest writer, but a writer none-the-less. I got to this “being a writer” state, by finally opening my eyes. I suddenly realized that all the people who I admire (The Descendants Band, Southern Gypsey Queen, Daryn Basson,Meggin Murphy to name a few) all called themselves something, and then became that thing. They all practice a little thing that I like to call “using what’s in your house”. What is that? It’s exactly what it sounds like! It’s the attitude of take what you have and go from there. Why? Because if you’re going to wait around for those ducks to line up then baby you’re going to be waiting a VERY long time! So? So I called myself a writer and went and did the writing things. Funding be damned. I’m still doing them. I’m learning as I go. Stumbling, yes! Falling? Most definitely! But smiling mostly as I do it. I’m using what’s in my house. Right now a massive bank account is not one of those things, but that’s ok. Hopefully ebook sales will help to change that a little, and I will be able to do the hard copy thing sooner than anticipated! Strangely the money thing has stopped being a worry of late.
Secondly, I realized that technology is on my side! Like many others (whom I still understand!) I’m a book snob! I like to hold books in my hand. I like to smell them. I like to shop for them. I like taking them home. Or waiting for them to arrive at the post office. I like the way they look in my bookshelf. This ebook thing? You must be mad! Or are you? I downloaded a Kindle app for my laptop last night and I’m already itching to add things to it! I’ve read quite a few ebooks on my computer. And you know what? After the first chapter you forget you’re not reading on paper. Why? Because you don’t read books for the paper!
Thirdly, I got tired of being scared. Perhaps it’s not something too many people relate to, but I started wondering if I was afraid to let go of dreaming the dream in exchange for actually living it. Stupid? Hell yeah! But I’m only human. And I bet if you think about it, you’ve done it too!
Anyway, I get to call myself a writer now. For proper real! And I get to say that my first novel came out before I turned 29. Because I took charge and did it myself. Just like so many of my role models did. Why I was too dumb to look to them before I don’t know!
So again I want to thank you for being here to read this. Thank you for being part of what I hope is the beginning of the rest of my life.
All my love,