Damn It Feels Good To Be An Author
So Wolverines: Reflections on Red Dawn isn’t going to go down as the most important and highly acclaimed book in the Western canon or anything, but I had a lot of fun writing it and overall, I’m pretty proud of it. Two things struck me over the past week that put it back into my mind. First I filed my taxes and had a 1099 misc form for royalties to claim. Royalties. It hasn’t made me rich or anything and in the big picture the amount I made this year wasn’t much, but it was exactly that amount more than I’d ever imagined I’d make in book sales if you would’ve asked a few years ago. Oh yeah, I also had a small amount to claim on foreign book sales, which was kind of cool too. Again, the total amount wasn’t enough to quit my day job but it was very inspiring to see that.
The second thing is that every now and then I get an email from someone who read the book saying that they enjoyed it and usually they’ll share their thoughts on a certain topic relating to the film and/or ask me my thoughts about it. I absolutely love this and I’ve had some good discussions with other fans of Red Dawn about some subjects that weren’t in the book. I got one of these emails this week and it made my night. This is more inspiring than a 1099 Misc form.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – we’re very fortunate to live in a time where average people are able to create things and get it out to the world. You can write a book and self publish it, make youtube videos about whatever, podcast, spread your band’s music via a ton of different channels, sell things on a bunch of different sites, write about whatever on a blog, etc. It’s really not that hard. Hell, it only winds up being about $120 a year, a (very) limited amount of technical know-how and a bit of time for me to have this site. The fact that the traditional gatekeepers are no longer an excuse for anyone to do pretty much anything is pretty inspiring too. If you want to do something, do it.