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How to be an Author in 612,349 Easy Steps

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

After several abandoned attempts and a full year of work, I am officially a published author.

No matter what criticism is lobbed at me, no matter if I never complete another work, no matter what, that cannot be taken from me. There I said it.

I must have started at least ten other books that I gave up on for one reason or another, mainly get sidetracked and then losing the manuscripts. That's right, I attempted to write using just pen and paper. Thankfully, I was able to obtain some degree of mastery of Word, although not much else as far as computers go.

While I have enjoyed many different genres of literature, mysteries have always been my favorite. The stories penned by the likes of "Carolyn Keene", Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, and Dashiell Hammett have entertained me virtually since the time I learned to read. It is fitting that my first book is a hard-boiled, rural noir mystery.

There were quite a few hiccups in the process but I believe my team has a better grasp of it for future projects. In the future, I won't announce a release date until the final product is ready, but the deadline was good for motivation this time around.

To make things even more interesting, my website decided to act funky Monday right before the book was to be released. In trying to resolve the issue with my website's host's technical support, I realized there are people out there who know even less about computers than I do.

Thank you to everyone who has already ordered "Dead Man's Breath"! It seems that paperback sales don't show until the book is actually shipped, but the initial Kindle numbers have been very encouraging.

If you enjoy it, please leave a positive review on Amazon and Goodreads. If you don't enjoy it, keep it to yourself!

I "celebrated" the release by working on the follow up, as well as a short story, in addition to my "day job", which is always good for inspiration for writing.

Thank you and I'll talk to you down the road.

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