Saturday, October 11, 2008

Achieving Dreams: Here's one of mine.

I know, I know. I promised you that I wouldn't run ads on this blog. And if you've been around the site in the last few days, you've probably noticed the ad that's sitting directly to the right for my book. I figure since it's an ad for something I did, it doesn't count as selling out.

But this is pretty big for me.

If you've been reading this blog long, you've probably noticed that I think I'm some kind of writer. It's what I've always wanted to be when I grew up. I reach writing at a college and love the job, but it was important to me never to drop the dream of seeing my work in print; of hearing people tell me what they thought of a story of mine; of knowing that I contributed something--however humble--to the world of literature.

And it has happened for me.

I wrote a short story almost 10 years ago that I always wanted to turn into a novel. I got busy with my education, with a wife and finally kids and a career. But I never wanted that dream of mine to go away.

Along came NaNoWriMo; a yearly challenge to make people finally write that novel they've always wanted to. I with a newborn and an almost-two-year-old, it didn't look like it was going to happen for me.

Enter my mother in-law. She came for a visit for 8 days. It was two extra hands around the house--hands that wanted to play with the girls and keep them company. I set aside some of my work, was sure to grade all my papers before she got there, and the first night she was off the plane, I started writing. I wrote furiously and felt the story really come alive. I counted my words, approaching the goal of 50,000 in order to "win" NaNoWriMo. I not only got there, but went far beyond to finish the story.

It was a feverish 8 days that left me with a lot more work in the revision area.

I wrote to agents. I sent away to publishers. I entered contests. The responses I got always seemed genuinely encouraging, but I never could find the niche.

Then, last year, I read the call for submissions from Jupiter Gardens Press. What they were looking for seemed to be exactly what I had written. They were a new outfit and wanted something they believed in for their first publication.

I am honored to be their first author.

Being a new press, they focus first sales on ebooks. They hope to take advantage of the emerging market, as more and more people are reading books--and blogs--on their computers and on hand-held readers. After the book has shown promise in the e-market, they go into a print form to take on the other market.

I'm excited--very excited--to have my book in print. But it just doen't work out for me unless people read it, too. So I'm asking you to put aside the low-low price of $5 to buy a copy of my book. Read it, and tell me what you honestly think of it.

If you do like it--and you sure as hell don't have to--I'd like you to write a review of it. Write it on the Amazon page, or any other vendor where it is sold. Write it on your own blog, or link it on a sidebar. If you believe in dreams and aspirations coming true, you can do a huge part of helping mine to come true. And I will, as always, return the favor.

Now, I know this is an abuse of my readers, but this is something I'm excited about. I realize now that this narrative has strayed from the literary merits of my novel. I would never try and publish--much less sell you--a novel that I didn't believe in. To me, it's a wonderful book, right up my alley. I would love it if you would read about the book here and take your time to make up your mind.

Thank you all for reading this blog, and I promise it will go on to it's regularly scheduled work and dedication with the next post.

Thank you, very much. From my whole family.


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