Something’s a little odd here, Tim, although I liked your post. I went the traditional route, traditional agent, traditional publisher (after many, many rejections). I joined writer forums, I was on WriterBeat for a year, trying to write a second novel and articles at the same time. I gave what I thought were thoughtful comments to others when I could, only to have Autumn Cote send a note saying, “Let’s be honest, Robert, you’re only interested in your own work.” From what I gather from your experience, being in the right place at the right time, having the good fortune to meet an author who “got” you published, it sounds very lucky and very opportune. I’ve built what I believe is, hopefully, a loyal following, but I obviously haven’t “sped” along like you. If it’s all true, congrats. You’ve done well. All the best.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.