Congratulations to Hugh Howley! He went from author of a self-published short story to self-published novel to a deal with Simon & Shuster for "The Wool Omnibus".
Congratulations to Nicole Williams! Her YA trilogy "Crash" was 'scooped up' by HarperCollins after she self-published.
What's it all mean? Believe in yourself. Don't put it all on the agents and publishers. Publish it yourself, then let them come to you.
Picked up a few books today. "Dubliners" by James Joyce, $2.00 for a well-used paperback copy. I love used book. I feel like I'm giving them new life.
"Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk". My wife and I read reviews of it a few weeks ago, and there it was, a new trade book, ready to begin its life as reading material. I love new books. We also picked up "Snow Child".
That adds to my collection of books to be read. Just starting on Bill Bryson "At Home", "In The Garden of the Beast", "Kill Shot" and "Summer Knight". Why so many at once? I don't know. See which one picks me up and carries me away on a cold winter night.
We visited two bookstores. Went first to the used book store in downtown Ashland, then on to Bloomsbury. There is so many books left to read. As someone posted on Faceback, "Don't let me die young, there are still too many books left to read." And write.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com