Today I have Melbourne writer Jonathon Gould on the blog. I consider his delightful writing a great example of random pottiness and it’s also very Dr Seussish which is why I’m posting this after my post on Dr Seuss as the master of Random Pottiness. Jonathon’s work inspired me to write outside the box, which is what my present project is. When I first read ‘Doodling’, I thought, ‘wow, he published this!’ It was so different to anything else out there that I admired his courage and have become a big fan of his potty style. He’s also a really nice guy who has been very helpful to me in my publishing journey. I encourage you to buy Jonathon’s work and see what I mean. Both books are only 99c and they’re suitable for the whole family.
I can’t believe it. I’m off on a big adventure. I’m Frodo. I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m leaving the safety of everything I know and striking out into the big wide world.
Well maybe I’m not literally leaving my home and going traveling, but that’s exactly how I feel as I embark on this venture into self-publishing. I really am heading out into the unknown, with no clear idea of the road ahead of me and no idea where the journey will ultimately take me.
And to think it all started with one little step. I self-published a book through the kindle store on Amazon. I was barely even thinking when I did it – it was almost (maybe not quite completely) a spur of the moment thing to do. I’d never read an ebook before. I didn’t even have an ereader. But suddenly, after banging my head against the Australian publishing industry for years, it just seemed like the best thing to do.
Once I took that first step, I couldn’t just stop. Though the path I’d placed myself seemed dark and dangerous, still I was compelled to continue. There were dark, scary places I forced myself to enter – twitter, facebook, and the terrifying world of the blogosphere. I even created my own blog, then stumbled around unsure what to do with it, like a novice warrior holding a big sword for the first time.
So my adventure has continued. I feel like I’m going places. Still not quite sure what they are but I’m definitely moving forward. As I write this, my first published ebook, Doodling, just broke the top 2500 in the kindle store (out of over 750,000). And I’ve now published my second one as well, which is kind of like saying now I’ve got one of those nifty two-sided lightsabres rather than just the single one.
But do you know what the best part of being on an adventure is? It’s the companionship of the people you meet as you start going places. Because let’s face it, any proper adventure requires a gathering of fellow travelers. Dorothy started alone (dogs don’t count) and met up with the Scarecrow, Tin-man and Cowardly Lion. Luke Skywalker started alone and met up with Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2D2, C3PO, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia. Frodo started alone and met up with Aragorn and Gandalf and Gimli and Legolas (ok, he didn’t start alone – he had those other hobbits with him – but why spoil a beautiful metaphor?). And in my soon to be published epic, Magnus Opum, my hero Magnus starts off alone and meets up with Shaindor, Biddira and Klugrok (plug, plug).
And my journey has been exactly the same. Though I started off alone, I’ve met a heap of wonderful people on the road. Some of them are fellow writers, aiming for a similar destination and looking for support and companionship. Some are the sort of people who like to give travelers a hand, like review-bloggers and ebook promoters. It seems like every promotion I’m involved with, every new review that I get, is also an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. I’ve even found a jolly tavern (on twitter) where writers can share a hearty (if virtual) ale and regale each other with their war stories. And as my fellowship of travelers expands, it makes the journey seem that much less daunting, and the destination more in reach.
So where exactly is this destination? I’m still not exactly sure. Unlike Frodo, I have no ring to throw into the fiery furnaces of Mount Doom. Unlike Luke Skywalker, I’m not battling the evil empire. And unlike Magnus I’m not…actually I’m not going to say what Magnus’s mission is – you can buy the book when it comes out, hopefully in January. So as I’m not sure where this adventure is going to lead me, I guess the best thing is to just keep on moving ahead, admiring the scenery and enjoying the companionship of the road.
My bio details
Jonathan Gould is a Melbourne-based writer and doodler.
He calls his stories “dag-lit” because they’re the sort of stories that don’t easily fit into the standard genres. Some might think of them as comic fantasies, or modern fairytales for the young and the young-at-heart.
Over the years, his writing has been compared to Douglas Adams, Monty Python, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, the Goons, Dr Seuss and even Enid Blyton (in a good way).
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004KSQVCO
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005K7HKS8/
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flidderbugs-jonathan-gould/1105609621