I only meant to publish one book.
I'm not a "real" writer, and yet I have seventeen published books by publishers and three self-published books.
Teaching fun bar tricks and magic to Walt Disney World servers and bartenders inspired me to pursue a published book. In 1996, while living in a 19' RV, I began to aggressively research how to get my collection of bar tricks, trivia, etc. published. The Internet for the masses was a few years away, so I spent my time at libraries and bookstores picking the brains of authors at book signings. Everyone said, "Make sure you do it for passion and not the money because there is no money." And boy, were they right! I figured up my hours once, totaling $2.71 an hour.
I searched for tips and hints at the library regarding query letters, literary agents, lingo, and attention-getting opening lines. In the next three years, I received 350 rejection letters. No, that number is not a typo. Finally, one stuck and the rest is history. In 2009, I created a Facebook Note on everything I knew at about how to get a book published. Today, anyone can publish his or her book through many sources. At least this way you have control over the material, table of contents, design, and cover. You don't get that luxury when going through the big publishers, but on the flip-side, you don't get national distribution either.
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