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My story is a bit dramatic. I entered self-publishing when my wife and I faced a triple-threat life changing series of events.
She was diagnosed with cancer & lost her job at the same time. I was self-employed, but took time off from projects to care for her. When I tried to work again after her treatments were complete, the economy had tanked and I was only 10% busy.
We suffered financially for the better part of 3 years and came within a hair of losing our house. Thankfully in late 2010 things started to turn around. They're still pretty dicey, but I'm trying to stay optimistic and I keep plugging away at this publishing "second career" to try to make ends meet.
Anyway, I've been at it for a few years now and have a small portfolio of offerings. Hopefully you're here reading this because you find one or more of them interesting. I thank you for all your support from the bottom of my heart.
P.S. If I'm being brutally honest, my latest book "What Really Happened?" which was co-authored with two other talented writers is the best effort yet. It's truly funny, meaty, and professionally edited/presented. If you like intellectual humor, you can't go wrong with that.