I sit here at my desk in my apartment typing away on my computer, as I have done every day for the past several years. I didn’t start pursuing my interest in writing until a year after I retired from the eight-to-five office working world. I spent several years writing and taking workshops through Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors to improve my writing. I am now self-published on Amazon. And I still continue to write.
Through the difficult lock-down time of COVID, I had writing to keep me busy, to occupy my time. I am very grateful for this.
Since learning how to publish on Amazon through Kindle Direct Publishing, the thought of turning the control of my “babies” over to other people (meaning literary agents and traditional publishers) when I can retain the control no longer interests me. Who knew I’d become such a control freak?
Along with learning how to use Kindle Direct Publishing, I learned how to format my manuscripts for eBook and paperbacks. I also learned how to use GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) so I could create my own book covers. And I learned how to register my manuscripts and photographs with the U. S. Copyright Office. And I learned how to create my own website using WordPress.
There was a learning curve involved, in learning to publish on Amazon, learning to use GIMP and learning to create my own website. There have been times when I thought that if I’d known how exhausting learning how to do these things was I never would have embarked on this journey.
But now I’m glad I pursued learning how to self publish, how to create book covers and how to create my own website. I have stories in me that demand to be told. And I continue to learn.
I am 73 years old. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
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Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Catalog. The title is “Young Woman Typing,” and the date it was created/published was 1906. The creator was Underwood & Underwood. Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print