After I got The Prophesied Band published and printed in 1998, I began to work on the final book in the trilogy around the year 2000, but got sidetracked having to home school my two children–I am also a Texas certified secondary math and English teacher as well as Texas certified guidance counselor. So I put off working in any novels until both children were finished with “grade school” and off to college by 2014. In the meantime, I was hired in 2010 by my local POA (Property Owners Association) to run the office and do the bookkeeping, dues collecting, bill paying, quarterly tax forms, and so forth. I retired from that job in the summer of 2015, and began working earnestly on the new books in 2016 going on Social Security at age 63. I am now 65.
Sixty-five? Now who ever heard of an “entrepreneur” at age 65? Well, why not? Because my entire life has not exactly followed “the script” if you know what I mean, and my faith in Christ doesn’t either–I am not a “churchian” and have no “denomination” and in fact think “denominations” are not a good thing–all “denominations” do is divide the faith! So that while I have nothing against Catholics (I grew up Catholic), Baptists, Lutherans and so on, I just don’t think denominations are aiding the cause and in fact are hurting the cause of belief in Christ.
And just in case one reading this is Muslim, for instance–does dividing Islam between Sunni and Shiite aid the cause of Islam? I don’t think so! Any possible war between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia makes no sense, Islam-wise, just like the various wars between Catholics and Protestants such as the Thirty Years War made no sense either. Even Jews have this issue–reform vs. orthodox vs. ultra-orthodox…some Jewish sects even think Jews not in their sect are no better than non-Jews! Then you have Buddhists fighting Buddhists (particularly in places like Nepal, and once upon a time in Tibet), etc. So that is why I do not do “religion.” Even though I believe in Jesus Christ, and always will.
Back to the project. Here it is, the age of online everything, including book publishing, and, while I have issues with Amazon–its treatment of 3PLs is appalling IMHO–their Kindle Desktop Publishing service is a very good thing, and, from what I have read, their Kindle sales have been a boon to self-publishers. That is, self-published Kindle books have sold like hotcakes. There are other venues as well, such as Toshiba Book Place which uses the SmashWords format (as do other online publishers).
Now, being 65 and all, I tend to be a bit “old school”–but NOT when it comes to doing my part in taking down “Big Publishing” which for as long as it has existed has SCREWED AUTHORS left and right. Take the mega-selling author Stephen King. Before he became a mega-seller, a superstar in the literary field, he was given–if my writer’s group info from the late 90s is correct–ten thousand dollars for his first four books, one of which was Salem’s Lot. Imagine! Ten thousand measly dollars for a million-seller–Salem’s Lot–and three others I don’t remember the names. Now how much money did the publisher of Salem’s Lot make on this book alone? Millions, folks, millions! And this publisher pays Stephen King a paltry sum? King, of course, got his moolah on the re-signing deal and is one of the richest authors in the US today–but his novels are worth it of course! Especially with many movies and series (such as The Stand) making him deservedly so even richer (and like I said, the man deserves it!). But what if King did not take the road he took, and just figured oh well, the industry screwed me outta millions, so…
Well, thanks to literary agents not giving me the time of day because I’m some “never heard of her” author (who has been writing since age eight or nine), because I’m not a “celebrity,” I have taken (on a much smaller scale) Stephen King’s route–do not give in and give up doing what you know you can do best–write, and write novels.
Because in “Big Publishing” these days, any “celebrity,” good writer or not, can become a million-seller just because (and doncha know, most “celebrities” can’t write worth a hill o’ beans so they hire ghostwriters and likely pay them zilch, and take all the credit!).
And to wind up this past, let me say it is NOT my intention to become a “celebrity”! I do NOT want to become a “celebrity.” I do not want to succumb to “toeing the line” of Big Publishing, which will STILL rip me off even if I do become a “celebrity” “best-selling” author (hint: the game is rigged, okay? If Stephen King proved anything, he proved this!)
Note: if what I wrote about Stephen King being ripped off is not true, prove it an let me know, because above all else I seek the truth.
More to come about this project in a few days.
Update: According to Wikipedia, Stephen King was paid $2,500 for his first book, Carrie, published by DoubleDay. While the Wikipedia post does not say he was paid $10,000 for his first four books, the person who told me he was, a published romance writer herself, is likely on the mark since $2,500 times 4 books equals $10,000. Again, if someone has verification that this is nonsense, please let me know.