I'd just like to take a moment to thank all the SOL readers who have read my writing, encouraged me, and supported me.
SOL was the first place I ever posted my work, and it was the enthusiastic response of the readers here that motivated me to write more, to be more serious about it, and to publish my work.
If I were successful in another industry, I think I'd probably have continued to give all of my writing away here indefinitely. But that is certainly not the case. My childhood was typified by the fact that when we moved into a trailer park, it was a big step up. I was probably one of the last white kids in Canada who regularly had to draw water with a bucket from a cistern, or bundle up to go 100 feet to the outhouse in snowstorms.
The only thing I was really good at was music, and I started playing the bars in rock bands as soon as I was old enough. I lived out of a suitcase for most of nine years, and for a lot of that time I had no home but the band bus and the hotel we were playing that week. We accumulated a loyal following of fans who followed us from town to town, and a big stack of letters of recommendation from bar managers, but we lost money with every project.
My results as an inventor were very similar.
Since then I've almost made it to middle class with industrial jobs a few times, but always suffered a setback. I came the closest in late 2006. Then I fell for a girl from The Philippines that I met online. I went there in November of 2007 and married her. Helping her and her large family, and paying for her immigration to Canada, has taken every dollar I could earn or borrow from any source. Her immigration has taken far longer than it was supposed to, and I haven't seen my wife in person for almost three years.
My self-publishing efforts didn't yield much in the way of results until mid-August, when I re-wrote and re-released People Of The Tiger for free, and released it's sequel, Hunters In The Sky.
After the joy of simply sharing my thoughts on SOL, I feel a bit guilty about charging for any of my books. I do my best to keep their price at a level I consider reasonable, which is far below market value, especially considering their length.
Hunters In The Sky is the shortest, and it would be 1108 pages in a pocketbook with an 11 point serif font. I've been very dedicated lately, and I wrote that in four months while working a full time, effort-intensive industrial job.
And, I truly believe that my novels are good enough to deserve to be sold. If I can make enough from them to write full time, I could produce two or three huge novels a year, and I know my fans would like that.
So far I've made enough from self-publishing to pay for my wife's airplane ticket from The Philippines to Canada, when my government finally consents to let us be together. It would have been a disaster if her visa was finally issued, and I had to make her wait even longer while I raised that money. It's a gigantic load off my mind, and I know that a lot of the people who've bought my books discovered them on SOL.
Again, thank you. Thank you very much.
Wayne Edward Clarke,
Sept. 5, 2010.