Have you ever dreamed of being an author? A real published author? It must cross every person’s mind at some point in their lives. It crossed mine when I was younger. The thought of having my picture and a quick biography at the back of a successful book was quite an appealing daydream on hot Friday mornings growing up in Saudi Arabia. It was never a top priority in my life ambitions. Especially since it required getting a publisher to believe in my work. Then came the Twenty-First Century.
Did you know that you can self-publish on Amazon.com and many other websites? The cost is just the amount of time it takes to put a book together. It is amazing to see how much of the world is changing. How small it is becoming. It went from not being allowed to put a book on the windowsill of the local bookstore down the street, to sharing it across the globe with the press of a button. Added bonus: saving paper!
What is the impact of self-publishing from the generational perspective? Our fore-fathers had to go knocking on the right doors to get someone to take a look. We click a button and the book is there for everyone to see with the “Look Inside” option. The cultures of the different generations is so easy to contrast because of the different opportunities each have had. The playing field around the world is leveling more and more. How fascinating a time to be alive! From the privacy of his room, a teenager who cannot even legally drive yet, can hypothetically compete with the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Amin Maalouf, and Shakespeare in the market place. Something tells me that this shift is just the beginning. Hold on to your seats, everyone. The invention of the internet is an even bigger impact than anyone could have ever fathomed. Back to the Future had it all wrong!
So I published a collection of my poetry! I had been writing since I was a pre-teen and had gathered some pieces that I was quite proud of. If you are interested in downloading the eBook, it is FREE for a limited time if you click here. Please share your opinion on the Amazon page, too! I would love to get feedback. Dare I say: maybe I should not be self-publishing? Let me know.