Be an Author
(Note That I didn’t say “become”)
In my publishing journey I have met many people who say that they “always wanted to be an author.” The truth is that many of them have already written poems, short stories, and even full length novels. Is that YOU?
There once was a time when a writer no option but to find an agent, send out hundreds of query letters, grovel at the feet of editors who sent mimeographed rejection letters saying “Sorry . . . but keep on writing.” It was perceived that, unless you successfully landed a contract you weren’t really an author. That’s how I started. (see About)
TODAY is a bright new day. Every one of you who writes can now get your work in front of dozens, hundreds, thousands of readers whom you have never met by publishing the work yourself. It is the power of the internet and social media that has opened wide this door. If you are reading this I have already made my point.
As an author it is still wise, a good idea, necessary to do things right, but there are scores of “how to” articles that can provide tools to succeed. Self-taught self-publishing isn’t all that bad, though, for a price you can go “professional” too. What you bring to this is YOUR creativity. I can’t write your story, but I may want to read it. If you put it on the web I have that opportunity and you may gain a new follower and friend.
Go dig up the series of poetry you wrote in college – check it for errors and get it out there. You can fix your website as you go. You can expand your social media presence day by day. You are already an author. Let us read what you have created.by