I have long been a frustrated author. Being a writer is something that I have always wanted to do. There is a literary bent in the family so I guess this isn’t all that unusual.
If I was being honest with myself the reason that I have never really pursued writing as a career option is a lack of confidence and drive. The started with being dissuaded from a potential career as a journalist by well a well meaning but in hindsight incompetent careers advisor at school. She suggested I start an apprenticeship as a typesetter instead. Continued with family and friends telling me that I needed a real job, rejection and my own lack of confidence.
This isn’t to say that I haven’t written, submitted work to publishers or even had a go at self publishing. When I might have given this a real go the realities of earning a living, mortgages and a need for some kind of financial security got in the way.
Latterly I have been interested in playing with helmet cams and writing or even thinking about it hasn’t been high on my list of priorities.
Cue a life changing event, the end of a relationship that I thought was the real deal, a new relationship and the gift of a Kindle.
Among other things the Kindle reinvigorated my interest in reading. I have been at times a voracious reader and have often probably withdrawn from the real world and into the world of print more often that I should have. Latterly I have become much more picky in my reading and loathe to spend money on books from authors that weren’t on my personal safe list.
The Kindle has changed all this and while I still buy from mainstream authors there are huge numbers of free or very cheap tittles available that I have entertained myself with. As I have sampled the good, bad and barely readable I came to the realisation that my work is at least as good if not better than some of the titles I was reading and in many cases paying for.
Over the last several months I have dusted off, reviewed and honed one of my masterpieces and in the last week or so published it on Amazon.
I know there are other platforms to use and maybe I will review them in time but Amazon is the industry standard for self publishing and once I had sorted out the formatting issues the process is painless.
So read the book if you have the time and interest and if you do keep an eye out for the sequel that i am busy polishing and updating.
Brrrp – now I need to check the bike out because I haven’t ridden it in months…….