Regular Contributor Denise Neary is back and is encouraging you to follow your literary dreams this year.  I would add that there are plenty of pros and cons to self-publishing and plenty of ways to go about getting it done.  Educate yourself before making any publishing decision, and be sure you know where your money is going and what results you can rightly expect.  With that in mind, enjoy the success story Denise is sharing and WHATEVER your dreams are this year, whether literary or otherwise, don’t be afraid to go for it!

Is it your new year’s resolution to be published in 2012?  Keep reading!

A friend and colleague, Paul Vamvas, was generous enough to let me read a draft of a book he was working on a few years ago.  I gave the draft the ultimate commuter compliment…..I almost missed my stop, I was so engrossed in what I was reading.

Paul worked on the book, made it better, even warmed my heart by including a character named after Chester County (PA) bookseller extraordinaire Joe Drabyak,

Paul got thumbs up for his work from readers, other generous writers, agents, editors, publishers—but his book never found the right home in traditional publishing.

So what did he do?

Reader, he self-published.

Here is the message he sent at the end of the year:

My novel, A Terror In Byzantium, is now available as an e-book from Barnes & Noble.

A nationalist fanatic bent on killing millions, two nations with an ancient hatred and a nuclear super-power on the verge of imploding, these are the threats that American diplomat Alexander Brandt must overcome.

Go to the link below to buy the book.

Paul started 2011 as a writer with a book dream; he starts 2012 as an author.

I encourage you to read his book, and encourage all of those reading this with a dream to publish to do it.

Roddy Doyle self-published his first novel, and it seems to have worked out okay for him.

— Denise Neary, Regular Contributor