Saturday, February 18, 2012

An Honorary Gentleman

With the ePublication of FantastiCon, I was invited to write a post about the process at a blog I follow:  Mindless Diversions, a sub blog of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen.

The story of a novel

Today I joined the ranks thousands of writers and made my first full length novel available for purchase on  How did I go from a simple school teacher to a self-published writer?  The story has some interesting twists and a few lessons for the novice, though I hardly consider myself an expert on writing or self publishing.

It started with National Novel Writing Month back in 2007.  I set out to write a stalker drama playing on elements of online relationships and how little we know about the people we say we know via online channels.  That year I failed to meet my goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month.  In 2008 I tried again but with a twist:  I set the entire story at a massive fantasy and science fiction convention.  My wife and I are several year veterans of Atlanta’s Dragon Con and have become friends with many who make their hobby doing the convention circuit.  On Dec 1st, 2008 I had a manuscript in hand.
You can read the rest here on the website... 


  1. NaNoWriMo is a great way to get motivated to write. And fanfic, particularly relating to SF cons, is a nice niche. I remember reading a lot of fen related fiction back in the 70s that culminated, at least in my mind, in the 1991 novel Fallen Angels. SF fans are an odd lot.

  2. THe only problem with writing True Fan Fic is that you can't (generally) publish it for profit. You can write it and it's sometimes a good exercise in limited characters but I've hit a point where if I write I want to at least make it available for semi-profit.