Back in the day, I used to blog and write as Georgie B. One day, while writing and blogging as Georgie B, I decided to make a genuine attempt at branding. To that extent, since I was already blogging as Georgie B, I decided to get published under the name of Georgie B. I figured that since some writers use a pseudonym as a nom de plume, I might as well give it a shot at doing it.
The idea I came up with, was to self-publish a few of my longer short stories as chapbooks. That way, I could have something to offer up to the general public as decent examples of my writing while I was working on book length stories to self-publish.
The first story I decided to self-publish as a chapbook, was a story originally entitled "A Betrayal of Vows", of which the basic plot was about a broken marriage, an affair of the heart, and the tangled consequences of both. Because self-publishing is not an easy thing to do, I decided to have a little fun with the process, by making it into a small adventure and writing about myself in the third person.
After doing my little adventure and coming up with this handsomely designed paperback, of which you will see a picture of in the upper left corner of this blog, I decided to rethink the process of self-publishing. After pondering the question for about a month, which included reading some fine articles about it, I decided that for now, self-publishing wasn't for me, and that I should look into trying to get published the tried and true way, which was to query an agent (or not) and query publishers directly (or not).
At this point, I was about one year into my short story blog and was having a blast doing it. However, one must realize that sooner or later, good things do come to an end, and eventually, my short story blog will come to end. But this isn't about that. This is about my chapbook, retitled as Betrayed!, that I came out with in the late fall of 2009.
This particular story, is a very good example (at the time) on how my writing had evolved up to that point. If any of you had read my first self-pubbed book, is it like night and day. The writing in this book is cohesive, the plotting sensible and it reads very well. I might add that while the content is adult, the language isn't as crude nor as graphic as it was in the first one. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you've been a steady reader of FSG, then you can appreciate this chapbook.
Whether or not I make the big time, or even the medium to little time with my writing is something I'm not worried about. All I can do and all I can give is my very best effort. I'm not worried about failure, because even if I fade into the woodwork, I still can say with pride that I was commercially published at least once in my lifetime.
And wouldn't it be nice to have a little piece of me for your very own? Something that says that you knew me back in the day when I was but a nice sized dot on the road atlas of publishing. Something that says, "This guy was a pretty decent writer in his day and this book is a decent example of his early work."
Well, now you can. If you trip over to my book blog (or if you click on the book cover) you'll be able to purchase this little piece of me for less than the price of a pack of cigarettes or good six pack of beer. You can either purchase it directly from the publisher (not terribly cheap), or for even a better deal, purchase it directly from me (super cheap). If you order it from me, not only will I autograph it (free of charge) but I will also pick up the cost of the postage (saves you money and gives me a tax deduction).
I may return to self-publishing my long stories in the future once FSG runs its course, and I will probably return at some point in my writing life to Georgie B, because I do like that name, and it does make a nice nom de plume, but to my friends and colleagues, I am what I will sign this post off as: