at this rate, and financially-wise, i won’t be able to submit my novel to a publisher anytime soon. just so much is going on with school and family and friends, but i definitely do not want to lose sight of what’s important to me.
friend of mine earlier this year introduced me to Blurb, a print-on-demand company that allows people to download their book-creating and editing software BookSmart. Once a person’s finished making their book in their own creativity and style, they can simply order as many copies as they want of their book. and there! published author.
of course, the book does not get it’s own ISBN, which is the only way to mass sell your book to third commercial parties like Borders Books or Amazon.com. But that does not mean i cannot pursue my dreams. as we speak, i am already editing, making my novel layout and getting it ready to order.
i have a plan: i want to be published and sell some copies of my books by NEXT YEAR.
DEADLINE FOR BOOK SUBMISSION FOR PUBLICATION: January 1, 2011.
once that is finished, i will get the word out to friends, family, and others via Tumblr and Facebook to buy my book instantly through me, that way i won’t have to deal with ISBN issues yet. perhaps i won’t be on the mass market yet— but if i sent to a publisher i still am not guaranteed that it will be accepted OR if it will even be a success. plus, being a self-published author means being in charge of my OWN work, on my OWN time, doing what I WANT.
i’m going to make my dreams come true. soon.
Dropping out of Nottingham University was possibly the best thing Cameron Carlson ever did. With time on his hand to pursue his writing career, where does he turn?
The San Francisco Bay Area, where the young Englishman settles into the lively and artistic city of Berkeley, and from there unfolds a colorful story of his life in a strange land with friends he never expected to make. As Cameron struggles to settle into his new home at 790 Rudin Avenue, he comes across four other young adults hoping to strive at what they do best:
Nick, a UC Berkeley student;
Jared, an actor;
Alex, a musician in a band;
and Sean, an artist. These unlikely youths embark on their new lives as independent adults and encounter many ups and downs, as they vow to make sure each one’s dreams will come true in the very place where they have found their idyllic muses.
i am very happy with the direction i am going in life. i cannot believe that less than five years ago i was set on being a lawyer. i was really interested in it too! then i got more realistic, i wanted to do what i really loved the most. reading and writing. i’ve accomplished so much by placing emphasis of English in my life. read more for sure, and i’ve written so many things. wanting to be a writer’s made me more observant of life, and because of it i have appreciated everything i’ve seen. that’s why i’m always happy, or try to be. because you never know when things will be gone.
the other night i was wandering down Market Street doing some Christmas shopping. i took a detour to the Yerba Buena gardens at night, it was amazing and breathtaking. looking up at all the skyscrapers before me felt like i was a small chess piece on a board, or that i was in Inception. the thought came over me that someday, this might all possibly be gone, this very spot i was standing on. the most beautiful things differ from person to person, sometimes they really don’t last. but in your mind they can. so keep making memories. and i way i love to store these memories away is through the stories i write.
was at coffee talking it over with a friend. i forgot how literature came into the question, but we got around talking to good couples in literature. i factor in the plotline, the efforts both parties made to be with each other, and the couples didn’t even have to end up together. to me, i cannot really name a great one, but here are some contestants:
Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth (Persuasion)
Dexter Green and Judy Jones (Winter Dreams)
Christine and the Phantom Eric (The Phantom of the Opera)
Ivanhoe and Lady Rowena (Ivanhoe)
Anna Madrigal and Edgar Halcyon (Tales of the City)
Jane Eyre and Mr. Hurst (Jane Eyre)
Marius and Eponine (Les Miserables)
Fermina and Florentino (Love in the Time of Cholera)
Raskolnikov and Sonya (Crime and Punishment)
Carl and Annie Brown (Joy in the Morning)