I got my hard-copies from WordFire Press today. Both The Pandora Sequence and Five by Five arrived today. For those of you who didn’t know, I’ve been doing some production work for WordFire, including eBook conversions and interior book design / layouts. Thus far I’ve worked on titles written or including work by Kevin Anderson, Rebecca Anderson, Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Bill Ransom, Doug Beason, B.V. Larson, Aaron Allston, Mike Stackpole and Loren Coleman.
There is something intrinsically gratifying at holding in your hands a book that you contributed to in some fashion, even if it’s just the book design. I consider myself one of the lucky one, because I’ve dreamed about being involved in the publishing industry for… well, four decades, I guess. And it’s finally happening.
While I can’t say my dream of being a professional in the industry has come true yet, I can say that I’ve gained more ground towards that dream in the past six months than I had over the previous three years. All the hard work, putting the little pieces in place and networking and writing and learning, it’s all starting to come together. There’s still a long way to go, but I can feel the dream coalescing slowly into reality. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, so sweet as that.
Thanks to the Andersons for the opportunities they’ve given me, thanks to the writing groups I’ve been involved with over the past three years, thanks to my inner circle of friends—especially Kathryn and Matthew—who support me with my writing and my other efforts, thanks to the people who follow what I’m doing on FB and on Twitter. Thanks to the folks who are so kind at the conventions. Thanks to ALL OF YOU.
Each and every one of you makes this all worth it and get me closer, each and every day, to a decades-old dream.