I've never know any other career choice. Since I was little all I wanted to do was read and write.
I understood the stories had been written by people with imagination and determination. I pictured myself at my desk, pen and paper (I just dated myself) in hand, spending time weaving the characters in my head through mysteries, romances and the occasional western. Just like, or even better, than the stories that had swept me away all my life.
While I worked on that best selling novel (along with the several other story drafts and partial manuscripts) the publishing world began changing. Authors were learning the new "dark path" to publishing. "Indie-Publishing" or "Self-Publishing" was new and authors going this route were still being looked down upon by traditional publishers, media outlets and "real" authors.
I can't really tell you what I saw as the opportunity at that moment. Was it helping others acheive their own dreams, or mine of a really full library?
Podcasting was new too, and I was listening to all kinds, fascinated. Anyone could be behind the mic. Even me. So I figured it out, Blog Talk Radio made it super easy and free, and ta-da; PageReaders was born. And yes, I put the two words together like that on purpose. A purpose that I can no longer recall.
I hit up a few authors on LinkedIn, explaining the platform and benefits they'd receive from being guests on my show, for free. Those first few authors that took the plunge with me are still people I consider some of my closest friends.
Each show is about 30 minutes long and most focus on just one guest at a time. There are a few interviews where I had a rapid series of short Q & A's with authors who participated in anthologies, which were a lot of fun. A couple of books had been written by two people, so when I could, I'd interview both authors.
After each interviews I'd post it to my blog site and share it to the growing number of social media and news outlets available to me, a newbie in the world of author promotion. Over time the blog moved from Blogspot to WordPress. The world of Indie Publishing grew up and the money centered around self-pub'd authors got serious. Promotion became very, very important.
Around this time, I partnered with Aggie Villanueva to create Promotion a la Carte, an affordable service for authors, both traditionallly and self-pub'd, who needed more online exposure for their work. And with the number of books hitting the shelvs on a daily basis, standing out is the name of the game.
And since Aggie had seen both sides of the fence, having been both traditionally and self-published, she brought an understanding to the different promotional aspects available to each kind of author. She'd been around the block, she knew what lay around each bend.
Aggie and I worked hard and created a huge group of promotion "junkies" all working together to share the news of the authors we presented to them. It was fun, but it didn't necessarily create sales for the authors and it was a lot of sitting at a computer.
After a few years, we decided change was needed and we closed the business. I had an itching to try my own hand at writing and a few other hobbies. Aggie had decided to leave the southwestern desert and head for the southern coastal region. We remain friends to this day.