Friday, September 16, 2011

First Publication!

Finally!  I've taken the plunge with one of my short stories and published it.  I had a fun time writing it, and I hope people enjoy reading it as well.  It will soon be available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, and a host of other ereaders the world over.

Wow.  That's mind-boggling to think about.  I could have sales in Canada, England, Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy, Egypt, Norway, Brazil, and any other number of countries.  And just a few short years ago I would have been happy enough to have had my stories available just in the United States!  This truly is an amazing time to be a writer.

Over time, I will be adding more short stories, along with the ultimate publication of my first novel by the end of this year.  For those who have been thinking about doing this self-publishing deal, I'm telling you NOW is the time - don't wait, just do it.  What's the worst that could happen?  Exactly, you might actually enjoy writing and publishing and do well.  So go and do it!  For those who are already doing it, I'm encouraging you to continue and to do even more.  There is so much opportunity out there now, it's crazy not to try some new ideas.

If you like, the link to the Kindle version of my new short story, The Collection, is below.  Keep writing!

The Collection - Kindle short story


Shilpa said...

Found your blog on a conversation in Linked in. Great blog and congratulations on your first book! I am researching self-publication too. Hope you enjoy your time under the sun! :)

Darren Kirby said...

Thank you! I'm glad that I'm not still sitting around, wondering when I'll finally do it. I'll be happy to help with your self-publishing efforts if you desire. Just drop me a line anytime!

Sherry said...

Darren, I also found your blog from a comment on Linkedin. You were questioning the claim that it takes 6 months. I don't think there's a magic time line. I just think it takes time to get connected to people who are interested in what you are writing. The more time you put into reading blogs within your niche and joining the conversations, the quicker your followers go up. I've been at it for about two years and have a respectable number of interested followers, but I get out there and interact. I also just published my first Ebook and am rolling out the paperback of the same title. If you are interested in dropping by my blog, I'd love to have you. The blog is Daily Spiritual Tools. The book is also mentioned a few posts down. Blessings, Sherry