When do you become an “author”?
I imagine all of us have written original compositions in school while we were growing up. I remember even taking a creative writing course in college as a freshman. As a college student when life got complicated it occasionally wrote a poem and was pretty good at writing letters. Following college, however, in medical school we wrote almost nothing, except masses of notes from each class.
My name first appeared in paper published in an agricultural journal by a former college professor who utilized my Junior year research project to bolster his publication numbers (it was only a demonstration project). I still have a copy of that article, though.
Much later in life, at about 50 I discovered that I could write well. Having lived a few years and read a few thousand books I found that I could write in a way that others enjoyed reading what I produced. I don’t write for a living, but writing has made my life more interesting.
My first novel was picked up by a publisher, Comfort Publishing, in 2010 and published in August 2011. A Step Ahead of Death was my pride and joy. Published by a publisher! It wasn’t a best-seller, but every sale was a boost in my ego.
Traditional publishing takes extra time and you have to convince someone in a few short words that what you have written is worth their time. I chose, after waiting a year for my publisher to decide, to self-publish my second novel Congo Mission. Considering my market experience, sales have been good. I am in the black for both books and still pedaling forward to find ways to reach a larger audience.
Book number three, working title Witness in the Window (a true sequel to A Step Ahead of Death), is being proofread and edited. I hope to publish again this fall. I am still debating independent vs traditional. See my other blogs on the process.
I am an author. I read and I write and now others read my work.
ARE YOU AN AUTHOR? What’s your story?by