New Series: #1 How to Write and Why You May Want to Self-Publish: Tips and Insights from Personal Experience
Prior to owning Inner Projection, Jeff worked as a computer programmer and in tech. support, but hated it enough to move from his home in Connecticut to do stand up comedy in Boston where he worked with such comics as Bill Burr, Dan Cook, and Billy Martin and wrote for people like Mz. Michigan who needed material for her ventriloquism act. He then moved to Los Angeles to do more stand up, but found being a coach & college instructor more rewarding. He’s married with 3 children.
The book is unique for many reasons. First of all, it resides in a very unique genre, for it’s a philosophical, theological, science fiction / fantasy, comedy, satire, essay. Or Harry Potter meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Gulliver’s Travels meets Gandhi meets Groucho Marx. I wrote it on the fly letting my subconscious tell me what was needed. I began the book with a short story I had never finished and went from there. At times I was splicing in pieces of poems I had written or sections of dreams I had had that popped into my mind on certain occasions. I always listened to the muse and didn’t reject anything.
There’s also a black hole that talks and learns from Augustus, the great universal Augur, how to love. Macho alien men who wear women’s cloths, but for a very good reason. Wargons and Chumbawambas who do violent and stupid things, but the main character Augustus is there to save the day and help us all feel a little bit better about ourselves.
There’s romance (OK, just a little; what do you want? this is a science fiction / fantasy action not some kissy wissy book. Geesh) time travel, space ships, and an intergalactic self-help book tour conducted by Augustus that needs to be experienced. Really, it does! (What, you think you’re buying the book and me getting a $1.95 royalty is gonna make me rich? Geesh.)
So I had initially looked into getting an agent and trying to get published the traditional way, but self-publishing appealed to me because I had more control over the process and I wanted to see what publishing was all about from the ground up. If I was going to be a serious writer, I had to know what was going on. Let’s talk about the book.
improved upon by practice. My first novel took me two years to write. Being my first time it was a difficult and tiring yet enjoyable exercise. As I improved my understanding of what I was doing and getting my skills up to snuff, the time it took to write took less and less. Today I can write many books in one year. Case in point, in the last two years I’ve written five books. I’m no Isaac Asimov (he wrote 500 books in his lifetime), but I’m improving on my skill, accuracy, and ability to generate material quickly.can beI had written the story in about three months (Black Body Radiation and the Ultraviolet Catastrophe), working off and on as I worked and went to school. What’s interesting is that writing, like most things,
The first thing I got published was a poem I had sent to a poetry journal in Canada . One day I got a letter stating that the publisher not only wanted to publish the poem, but that he thought it was brilliant. Had I read that correctly? Yes, “HE SAID BRILLIANT!” (that was me yelling, running and jumping around the living room ecstatic with joy) This was the first time I had been published. I couldn’t have been happier. But like a lot of early success stories, they may not be followed by others for some time. I published a few more poems but got into my novel and had to think about getting published seriously. “Seriously” here meaning, getting something of length published that would be read by more than just family and friends.