Good day everyone, thanks so much for joining me on this very special day. Can you believe it's been ten years since the original The Adventures of Baby Jaimie book published? If you answered no, you're not alone. Then again, I still get baffled when I look at the book's section of my website and see that nine out of my twelve books are Children's books. I know some of you may be confused about that since it is pretty obvious that I am a predominately Children's book author, but that's not what I had in mind when I started dabbling in creative writing in high school.However, it was my grammar school dream. Somewhere along the way both dreams merged and I became an author of multiple genres.
Don't let the above paragraph fool you, the past ten years have been anything but simple. I had taken creative writing courses since high school, but they did nothing at all to prepare me for what I would ultimately do. Sure, I learned the basic mechanics of writing, but that was it. I had no clue how to get my foot in the publishing door and if not for Facebook making it possible to reconnect with old friends, I might still be wondering.
I was lucky enough to have came along in the self-publishing era. It has been a great way for many aspiring authors like myself to make their publishing dreams come true. In the past decade, I have had the pleasure of working with or reading the work of some of the best authors in publishing today. Granted, I have also read self-published books that weren't so great. For the most part, the latter group are first time authors who mistakenly believe whatever company they use for publishing will also edit and format their book. I've been in that category myself. This was just one facet of the job I had to learn by doing. There are many others.
When I was dreaming of a career in publishing in high school, my only thought was that I wanted to publish my autobiography, nothing before or after it, I was thoroughly convinced that if wrote and publish it, everyone all over the world would flock to their local bookstore (I know, primitive, but this was the 90s), clamoring to get their hands on my book. I cringe writing that memory, but I share it anyway because over 20 years later I notice many aspiring authors still believe that's how it works.
Why am I sharing all this with you today instead of just celebrating the day? This last year has been particularly reflective. I've been fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community of writers/publishers and yet I realize so much more needs to be done to inspire and empower the next generation of Indies and I'm going to do it.
By this time next year, I fully intend to be announcing the release of my second non-fiction release that not only gives clear steps to the self-publishing process, but also debunks publishing myths. If any author is interested in contributing, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
Also releasing in 2017:
When Stanley finally got around to cleaning out the attic with his grown son and two grand kids in tow, he knew it would be a chore. However, he had no clue that the discovery of a picture of himself and a long lost buddy in a far away land from a time he can not forget would prompt him to finally retrace his steps to find the answers to questions he's asked himself for half a century now. Will the answers bring him the peace that he seeks?
And the second volume in the Lil Defenders series will be released in May 2017. Stay tuned for updates.
Thank you all for a wonderful ten years. I look forward to many more with you all.
Until next time, Happy Reading