Popcorn Shish Kebob

Apr 29, 2022 by Rose O'Keefe

I’m getting back into my online reading groove and made it to weekly entries from ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. It was humbling to read interviews of the co-founders as they shared what they’d learned over their careers. Their generosity of spirit in sharing what they knew so others could do better was uplifting. Their willingness to learn reminded me of my wide-as-a-barn-door blind spot as a newbie author in 2005, and yes, my willingness to start on a path whose twists and curves weren’t clear. The overview of the self-publishing industry over the last 10 years gave an eye-opening look at earliest e-books, Kindle millionaires and today’s creator economy.

Reading the Soapbox column in the March 28 issue of PW, had me shaking my head in amazement. It was by Kitty O’Meara’s about her private FB post of 3.13.2020 that went viral. What a twist on a word that has dominated our headlines these past few years. A positive viral trend –Yes! To have her prose poem, And the People Stayed Home, not only become a best seller, but inspire all kinds of creativity around the world, is what the world needs more of. Naturally, I had to wonder how would I handle such a phenomenal change in fame and fortune? The honest truth – of course I don’t know. We each get to walk in our own shoes. That’s it.

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