Ever since I was a small child I have known what I wanted in life. I wanted to inspire. While that may seem like a big thing for a young kid, and it is, that is just the type of precocious little one I was. I was also very goal driven. I knew exactly how I was going to achieve this.
One of the ways I wanted to do this was to create. I tried my hand at music and art, and showed no talent at either. Then I found my two loves, storytelling and acting. Both of them, luckily, go hand in hand. Luckily for me, my parents were extremely supportive and I began doing both of these things.
As I grew my storytelling turned to writing. I would write small stories and read them to my family. Many of them I kept to myself. In high school I began writing my first novel, which no one would be allowed to see for many years. In college I became a creative writing major, eager to hone my craft.
Through it all I had one hope. That someday other people, real people, people who had never met me, would read my stories. I would go to book stores and find the spot on the shelf where my name would be. I would stare at that spot and wish. Wish that eventually it would be true.
Well, miracle of miracles, it finally is! A few weeks ago I held in my hand a book which contains a story I wrote. It was real, tangible. Dark and Bitter is out there in the world. That moment was one of the most amazing of my life. That book is now available for anyone to purchase. People I have never met, and probably never will, can read my words. My words will be for sale in bookstores and online. This fact amazes me. It reminds me of one key thing. Dreams do come true.
As a writer, I spin tales to take the reader away from everyday life, if only for a few hours. However, becoming a published author and reaching readers is a struggle. Writers sit in front of laptops and tap away in hopes of creating the next great American novel. But what happens after the manuscript is written and edited?
It was a dilemma for a few of my fellow writers and me. One Sunday night at Denny’s we pondered the question. Sending query letters to publishers is nerve wrecking. It takes the stars to be aligned just right to connect and get a contract.
We knew there had to be another solution. Yes, self-publishing on Amazon is an option, but the writers at the Sunday Night Write In knew there had to be other alternatives. So in January, the idea of starting a publishing company for authors in the 518 was spawned.
The 518 Publishing Company, LLC has been created to help writers in the 518 to publication. We will make it happen.