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Quest for an ISBN? More Like Quest for a Job!

Publishing, especially self-publishing, is a brutal business. And despite my best-case scenario hopes, I was realistic that I probably wouldn’t sell enough books or get a good enough deal to be able to quit my job.

Of course, I wasn’t banking on having to try and find another job, either. But here we are. Almost a year into the Quest, and the books have barely gotten noticed…

…and I’m looking for a job…

Yes, in a series of events that combine equal parts of hubris, Luddism (is that the ism for Luddite?), cutbacks and complete stupidity, I’ve been in the unenviable position in recent months of being unemployed. My situation makes even less sense when you consider that I spent years working in career development and recently published articles on the subject.

At this point, I’ll go ahead and go with the “doctors make the worst patients” defense. Not a valid excuse, but the only one I can come up with at the moment.

You would also think that my joblessness would have given me plenty of time to get back to the task of completing Stories from the Forester: Volume 1 (Still, theoretically, slated for release June 21st). Well, I’ve found that apparently the soul-sucking experience of being unemployed also has left me devoid of the inspiration to finish the second story, Unwritten.

Undoubtedly, there are times where you feel like you’ve been knocked down so many times, you just want to stay down…

But this is me we’re talking about. I figure if I can at least finish writing a full-length novel, I can get through this.

And I promise, I’ll get back to writing!

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  1. I think it’s ironic that you do not have the inspiration to finish the story, UNWRITTEN. I am going thru the battle with a small publisher with my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream,” so I know what your going through. It’s only been a couple of months for me, but all it takes is eventually getting into the right hands.

    Glenn Maynard

  2. As long as the second story gets finished, the irony will never escape me. Good luck with your venture as well.

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