I sit here at my desk in my apartment typing away on my computer, as I have done every day for the past seven 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 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 72 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