AuthorHouse Author Johnny Marcel O’Gradney published his first book of poetry late last year. What started out as a personal journey for this musician-turned-author has grown into an acclaimed work, winning recognition at both the London Book Festival and San Francisco’s Green Book Festival.
In his guest article for the AuthorHouse Author’s Digest, Johnny O’Gradney tells us about how Fragments of Imagination was a work long in the making and the sense of personal satisfaction and honor self-publishing it has brought him.
A Self-Publishing Tale
By Johnny Marcel O’Gradney
Greetings Earthlings, my name is Johnny Marcel O’Gradney. Last year I finally decided to go ahead with something I had wanted to do for a long time, publish a book of my poetry.
The New Age of Self-Publishing
When I first started writing poetry it wasn’t as easy or inexpensive to self-publish your own work as it is today. The internet was still fairly new and e-books weren’t as widespread, also there were no Kindles or Nooks. Nowadays you can get apps for these products on your phone, its definitely a different day and age.
Self-Publishing Now Much More Affordable
With e-book titles available at a lower cost and print on demand methods the cost of self-publishing has greatly reduced over the years. For example for my first attempt at self-publishing back in 1995 the cost was over 8,000 dollars, when I finally published my book with AuthorHouse in 2011 the cost was less than 1,000, including extra features that came with the package I chose.
A Sense of Personal Satisfaction
Publishing my book of poetry with AuthorHouse was one of the best things I’ve done personally for myself. Above and beyond any recognition, awards, or royalties I may earn for my work, the personal satisfaction I’ve received from holding a copy of my own book or seeing it for sale on the internet for the whole world to discover is by far greater.
Although I will have to admit it feels damn good to receive awards for your work.
The Recognition of Others is Satisfying as Well
My book Fragments of Imagination by Johnny Marcel O’Gradney first gained an honorable mention at the London Book Festival in January of this year, then in May it won the Green Book Festival in San Francisco. It was a great honor to receive these awards and I’m only hoping for more, it gives you a sense of recognition and makes you realize that other people enjoy your work.
Which is one of the biggest reasons that I write, to make people laugh, cry, think, and hope. Sometimes it’s just good to know that other people feel the same way that you do.
Johnny O’Gradney’s AuthorHouse Bibliography: