I am a voracious reader. I’m sure my mother didn’t want me to be one, often questioning her eleven year old’s sanity as she drove me to the library yet again to pick up as many library books as I could carry, ranging from dark fantasy to sci-fi to westerns. In fact, “You better stop reading so much or you’ll be blind when you’re forty” kinda stuck in my head, and now, as I wish my last eyeglass prescription had been progressive lenses as I switch between pairs of eyeglasses, a part of me considers the veracity of her statement. Yet, some times, even when advice is true, you realize the experience that makes the bad stuff true was worth every second of the suffering and consequences.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but 2010 was the year that ebooks started to make their way into the mainstream, and I was in the right place at the right time with all these unpublished novels I could turn into ebooks. In April of 2011, I came across a post by thriller writer Lee Goldberg, describing his experiences self-publishing one of his books as an ebook. What caught my attention was that his book (THE WALK) had originally be published by Five Star, which had published DEMONSOULED back in 2005. Following Mr. Goldberg’s advice, I got the rights to DEMONSOULED back and turned it into an ebook in April of 2011.
Just as an experiment.
To see what would happen.
Fast forward to April of 2012, and I had sold just under 23,000 copies of 19 different ebook titles. I realized that a whole new paradigm for writing and reading had been created. No longer was it necessary to find a publisher to sell a printed book. Now, with ebooks, I could write as many books as I wanted. The readers, not the publishers, would be the final judge of quality.
I can’t imagine what an evening of frivolity I would have had at the wedding reception without Moeller’s story of warlocks and sacred blades to distract me. I’m just grateful the Moeller stayed true to his road, refusing to be waylaid by publisher’s lies, ensnared by those hoary cripples, until he, too could lift his slug-horn and let his message ring out in challenge.
- THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS,
- A KNIGHT OF THE SACRED BLADE,
- A WIZARD OF THE WHITE COUNCIL, and
- THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS
All are now ready to be read on my Nook, a gift from my family for Father’s Day.
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