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Hey everyone,

I'm new here. I'm an artist by trade, poet by training, and newly self-published scifi novelist.

Long story short:

I googled, 'how to self publish a novel" and the first thing that popped up was the Self Publishing Podcast.

A year later I'd watched every SPP, SPRT, and STP, and even a BOA or two before I found the Rocking Self Publishing Podcast. The host, Simon, spoke very highly of kboards so I thought I'd check it out. I'd already slogged through most of the publishing process on my own, but I figured better to join late than never.

Some bio:

For a while I wanted to be a professional sailor. One common thread in sailors' lives is odd jobs and multiple streams of income. It's a lifestyle that requires a good deal of money and doesn't generate much in return. I saw a lot of good men with big dreams held back by finances. I decided that I would never have a hobby(aside from sailing) that couldn't generate an income and that I'd never hold a job I didn't love or that tied me down.

I'd studied art for a while and when I moved to the gulf coast to live on my sailboat, I met enough people who painted for a living that it seemed like a real possibility. My website is down today, but you can see my art on my facebook:

The new career in the arts inspired me to begin to finish my long-time side project, a post-apocalyptic scifi fantasy novel. In a year the book went from 20k words to 100k. I finished it in Feb of this year. It's called Children of Atlas. It's on kindle, kobo, and smashwords.

I managed to get 50 preorders which turned out to be a mistake because pre-orders don't count for much. I've tried some fiver promos to no avail. I sell a book or two every time I go to art market. I've got a few other strategies that come from selling art. But I'm not too concerned about sales of my first novel. I figure I need a few more titled under my belt before I can start to earn some $ from my writing hobby.

I look forward to contributing to the discussion on kboards and maybe getting a little feedback in the process.

Here's the cover. The image was designed by my artist friend Duane Knight. I'll also include some photos of my own paintings. I'm not a great artist, but I make a modest living with what I do.

Thanks all,


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Welcome Dustin.
Glad you found your way to the KB.
Hope you find friends here.

My friend Intinst used to post this info, hope it helps:
Greetings and Welcome!! We are so glad you found KBoards, an independent resource for people who own or have interest in Kindle, whether readers or writers.(Really, there are many members who are not writers!) We have many areas that you probably will like. Have you been to The Book Corner yet? That's the area for Reader discussions - share your book reviews and recommendations, and new discoveries. That's also where you will find threads about books Recommended by our Members and a Book Lover's Link Threadipedia designed to help both Newbies and Oldbies find some of the various resources, suggestions and recommendations available in the Book Corner and on the internet in general.
Then there is the Book Bazaar where our member/authors post about their books and the Writers' Cafe that has discussions about writing, publishing and many other topics from the writers point of view. The Bazaar is also where you will locate Bargain Books and even Free Books threads where you can get reading material at low or no cost! The Cafe also has the New KBoards Yellow Pages -- for author (and reader) services.
If you have a question about your Kindle or it's usage, check out the forum about Tips, Tricks and Trouble Shooting . Or, just ask your question. We have many helpful and knowledgeable people here at KB and we feel there is no such thing as a "dumb" question. Questions about KBoards may be answered at Forum tips. If not, once again, ask away! To keep everything running smoothly, we ask that everyone read Forum decorum. There are a few points there particularly for authors. Further questions from authors concerning KB may be answered here: Tips, FAQs and Useful Threads for Authors
Another popular place is Let's Talk Kindle, where all things in the Kindle world are posted about. Be sure and check out the Photo Gallery, where pictures of members, pets, flowers, landscapes or just almost anything interesting can be found. Also, the Accessories area can be fun. There you will see information about covers, skins, lights, bags, stands and many other items to allow you to personalize your Kindle.
Looking to just kill some time while you are waiting for your Kindle or if you have your kindle, want to try something different? Try INFINITY Game - Word Association or The "INFINITY" Thread: KEEP POSTING...Ready, Set,... GO!!! in the Not Quite Kindle area.

Sorry for the long post, but there is just so much to do, learn and like about KBoards that I just get carried away.
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