Writing short stories and novels has been a long road, but it’s also been very rewarding. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to publish my work. It’s taken years to improve my craft, and I still have much to learn. But I am at the point where I’m comfortable in my work. The first goal of next year? Self publish my collection of short stories A Treasure Greater: And Other Short Stories. The second goal will be to donate copies, in person, to libraries in four different cities of four different states, as well as advertising it in those cities book stores. Of course Florida, the state I live in, is a given. There I will donate to the libraries in Gainesville as well as advertise in its bookstores. The other three will be Salt Lake City, Utah, Ashville, North Carolina, and Portland, Oregon.
I don’t expect any of this to be easy work. Nor can I be sure that every library or bookstore will take a self published copy of my work. There is also the matter of putting the finishing touches on my manuscript. This will call for finding an editor. An editor won’t be the only cost. I’ll have to do the math to find out how much it will be to print the number of copies I want to print. Aside from the cost of printing, it’s no guarantee that many people, if anyone, will buy my work. In fact, I’ll be lucky if I sell one or two copies my first year.
Still, I am hopeful. 2018 is a new year full of new possibilities. And as a beginning author I can’t wait to see what it offers me, good or bad. It’s all part of the growth of being an author. Happy New Year to struggling writers everywhere! You are not alone.
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