As far back as I can remember, even when I was a little child, I wanted to write books. When I was 9 years old, my brother helped me self publish a series of small books out of a box of scrap papers my mother had given us to draw on. We spent days on this project, drawing pictures, writing content and gluing a binding on it to make it look like a book to give to our parents as a gift.
Over the years I have had many book projects and ideas that I wanted to write, and many that I started and a few I completed, but would always bog down when it came to publishing them. I never quite took that next step. I cannot say it was monetary concerns all the time, but it was more so just not taking the steps to finding a publisher, etc. I always had envisioned publishing my own works.
In 2012 I decided I was going to achieve this dream, and worked six months on a project to write two books in real estate on the subject of Land Contract Homes, as this was something I was constantly asked questions about as a Realtor. The first book I published is entitled: Understanding Land Contract Homes: In Pursuit of the American Dream. This book covers the subject from both a buyer and seller perspective. The second one was a supplemental book that took up the subject from entirely an investors perspective, with the hopes of encouraging investors to consider seller financing to make it possible for more people to become home owners. This book is entitled: Land Contract Homes for Investors.
I also established my own publishing company for my written works, and will be working on expanding that in 2013. The website for this is still under construction. Currently I am working on two other writing projects. One is a book on my years as a sales manager, which has a working title of: The Art of Sales Management: Lessons Learned on the Fly.
The other book is a memoir on my 15 years as a Stained and Beveled Glass artist in Atlanta during the 80’s and 90’s, and it’s working title is: Memoirs of a Stained Glass Man. I am hoping to publish both of these in Kindle eBook format in the first quarter of this year, and follow them up with more books on sales, marketing and real estate throughout the year.
So I look ahead to the New Year with a positive outlook, and have some ambitious plans for 2013. I hope all of you who may read this have a prosperous and happy New Year!