I think it’s fitting that writing this 1,300th post for Screenwriting from Iowa…and Other Unlikely Places started in New York City (Hotel Belleclaire–where Mark Twain was once a guest) and ended home in Cedar Falls, Iowa—and also that today is my birthday.
The goal for this blog when I began in January 2008 was to simply pull together some quotes, teachings, and thoughts that I had gathered over the years with the hope of organizing them in a 50,000 word book. While there is still officaly no book, I’m getting close to finishing the written part of actually three books—Beginning, Middle, and End—my accidental trilogy. While the goal of 50,000 words at first seemed pretty ambitious at the time, in the 1,299 previous post I’ve actually cranked out more than 535,000 words.
I’ve pulled what I think are the best posts and categorized them into three books of about 65,000 words each. This is where I need your help. I’m curious on your thoughts, experiences, and/or advice on self-publishing via something like Create Space or unpacking the pros and cons of ebook publishing. (Reply in comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Also, thanks so much for your support in reading this blog—even if this is the first post you’ve ever read. Without the continual growth of readership I’m not sure I would have had the endurance to make it past the first 13 posts, much less make it to number 1,300.
P.S. Shortly after I arrived at the airport in Iowa this afternoon I picked up my first pair of glasses I plan to wear permanently. So regardless of what happens with my “trilogy” things are going to look a little different from now on.
Scott W. Smith