Today marks the first year anniversary of my short story collection, IN DECLINE. Even though I had published things on my own in the past, this is where I really consider the beginning of my journey as an indie author. I remember when I first hit that "publish" button. I wasn't sure how well I'd do. I thought that maybe I'd sell a few copies to some friends and maybe a stranger here and there, but I really wasn't expecting a whole lot. I just figured I had nothing to lose and it was worth giving it a shot.
I'm glad I did.
Since then, my writing life has never been the same again, and that's a very good thing. No longer do I submit my writing to magazines and whatnot only to face certain rejection. I've been publishing on my own and my writing has reached more people than I could ever possibly have dreamed of. And while I know my writing will never make me rich, that was never part of the plan anyway. All I wanted to do is get my writing out there for all to see and make a little bit of money from it.
I'm living my dream. Before turning 30, I can honestly call myself an author.
It's been an incredible journey, and I expect it to continue to be incredible. We live in exciting times where it's possible for people to get their stuff out there without having to play the waiting game. Not that there's anything wrong with the waiting game... it's just not for me.
Thank you all for your wonderful support. This achievement could not have been reached without you, and that's the honest truth.