It’s Published

Hi All!

My book INTO ARMEGEDDON is now published on Amazon, both on Kindle and in paperback. Link to follow. A good day indeed. Sadly, it was self published. It feels a little like a defeat, however I know logically that this isn’t the case. After sending around 40 query’s out to various agents and getting very little in return, I reached out to a very successful, self-published author. His first comment boiled down to ‘make sure your writing doesn’t suck.’ Though it was more eloquently put, the point was well taken. I gave up on continued queries and started editing it like crazy. Links to follow and happy reading!

Jeff

“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win”

Douglas MacArthur said that.  As I’m finding, getting published is a war of sorts.  Not the type of war that one sees in the middle east, but a war of words.  There are thousands of outlets to publish.  Those that are selective seem cutthroat; those that are not selective seem fruitless.   I’m trying to boil down which avenues are most fruitful.  I’ve run into setbacks, received rejection letters and ultimately self published two short stories on Amazon that seem to be getting read.  I have other irons in the fire pending publication.  I’m finding that before any money actually changes hands, one has to generate a buzz about ones self.  With that in mind, both stories were published under pen-names (Which will have an associated wordpress account), one of which I’ll post if and when the name becomes popular enough to cultivate a following.  The other is in the romantic genre and quite frankly, I wouldn’t let my parents read it.  As for the technical writing avenue, I have a plan.  I’ll leave it at that.  I wonder whether posting my thoughts in the form of a blog is a sound practice for a professional website.  Probably not, but hopefully I can go through my thoughts one day, laugh a little and then delete this post.

On the topic of will, my resolve remains.  I will win.  I’m nothing if not resilient and starting something new is the hardest thing one can ever do. My definition of winning: make a career out of this writing thing.  Now back to my book.  Thanks for reading.

-Jeff

The Journey Begins

Well here we are.  Self employed and trying to make a living writing.  I’ve been writing for my entire adult life, in some capacity other than ‘writer’.  I’ve enjoyed it.  I’m proud of it.  I think early in life I felt like writing was something un-masculine and therefore a useful skill, but publicly unworthy of my attention.  It was something I kept stored securely on a floppy disk, or a CD-R, or a thumb drive; away from the prying eyes of those that would ridicule my innermost thoughts.  To this day, I go over anything I write with a fine tooth comb to ensure it’s error free and un-criticize-able (it’s a word, look it up).  I guess I’ll just have to get over that if I plan to do this as a profession.  As I grew through my academic and professional career, I found that sitting down at a computer and knocking out an operations order, trip report, work instruction, standard operating procedure or whatever, gave me a tremendous amount of joy.  So for now, I’m probably not going to make a whole lot of money (although it’s on my to do list), but i’m doing what I love.

So  what the heck is the purpose of this blog?  Better yet, what’s the purpose of this website?  Here’s the deal, If I publish something on this blog, it’s published.  I can’t sell it anywhere.  So what then?  A business update to my stockholders (not that an LLC has stock)?  Random ramblings about the struggle of writing freelance?  Unpublished works that didn’t sell, but need to be on display for the world to see?  All seems a bit narcissistic.  The answer to those questions is likely both yes and no.  I have just submitted my first article for publication (Though technically, I’ve published thousands of documents, just not under the name of Jeff DeMarco, Writer or to a public forum).  If and when it’s published, I’ll share it onto my website in order to maintain a collection of work.  As for struggling, I’m finding that getting into the markets that I’d like to write for is difficult.  After a few days on various freelancer sites, I’m finding that my proposals are seldom responded to and usually the projects are based out of India or the middle east for a very small amount of money.  As for the technical writing avenue, I’m waiting on a couple existing accounts and will likely need to solicit companies directly in order to generate business.  Of course I have my book that’s a little more than halfway done.  I’ll let you know if and when that gets published.  I may throw an  excerpt up on this site here and there.  As for unpublished work, well I don’t have any yet, so there’s that.

For now, I have my wonderful wife Nicole who’s incredibly supportive of these crazy goals I have.  I’ve got my currencies trading, which generates some income daily, So I think I should be just fine.  Here’s to you readers, at this point probably just family.  I look forward to entertaining and informing you.

-Jeff