Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

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With the last bit of 2016 turning into the cluster fuck from the seven pits of hell (one level is not nearly enough,) I suppose it’s only natural to look ahead to 2017 and hope (pray?) it will not be nearly as bad as we think it could be. Whatever He Who Shall Not Be Named does, one thing is certain, we all need to move forward and pursue our own dreams and goals. I think I’m on safe ground when I say the goal of every author is to sell more books. (Well maybe J.K. Rowling doesn’t have that as a goal since its impossible to top infinity.)

Last year, in between reading to ‘lil q, I spent a lot of time deciphering the code for how to do that. I haven’t cracked the entire code yet, but I did learn a few things. The first came from Yertle the Turtle. (by Dr. Seuss for those who don’t know the title.) Yertle lived on the far away island of Sala-ma-Sond. The turtles who lived in the pond were all happy until Yertle, the king of the them, decided the kingdom he ruled was too small. With a stone for his throne, he looked down on his pond, but couldn’t see the places beyond.

Like Yertle, I’m not seeing the places beyond. As all who follow me know, I write primarily fantasy with MM main characters. My books are not romance and are they suitable for all fantasy audiences.

Sala-ma-Sond is a lot like the MM community. It’s a nice little place, where the residents are quite happy. Although things don’t go well for Yertle, he’s rather Trumpian in his mannerisms, his premise is correct. There is a world out there beyond Sala-ma-Sond that needs to be seen.

The next insight I gleaned came from the Cat in the Hat. Playing it safe isn’t always the best way and if you want something you have to be unafraid to go after it. Rather than let Sally and her brother sit sit sit, he shook up their day and gave them some fun on that cold cold wet day by doing things with them that they hadn’t done before.

Doing what is safe, or easy, is fine, but it isn’t always as fulfilling as chasing something different. For me this means, keeping to the tried and true doesn’t work. Making small incremental changes won’t always advance the ball. I need to take a risk to get where I want to go.

So aside from reminding many of you of books from your childhood, what does this have to do with a 2017 goal? Everything really. In 2017, I’ll have finished the Champion of the Gods series. Book Five will be submitted and I’ll be moving on to something new. The original draft was over two million words. It’s taken close to ten years to write, rewrite, revise, submit and edit. It needs to travel beyond just Sala-ma-Sond. Not leave, but rather expand beyond the confines of the pond.

For the last year plus, I’ve been trying to lay the groundwork to reach a bigger audience. To bring my books to a wider audience. In 2017, I plan to cast my net wider. I’ve no idea what to expect. Sala-ma-Sond is a very welcoming and friendly place. The people are wonderful and there is a sense of family. I’m anticipating the greater audience won’t be much like Sala-ma-Sond.

That’s fine, because I’m not leaving the pond. I’m going to send my books out into the world, but still keep my feet firmly planted here. It’s a bit scary to make the investment, but it’s time to put on my big boy pants and go seek my dream. The nice thing is I don’t need to leave my family to do it.

~Andrew Q Gordon

About Andrew Q Gordon

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Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

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From Wayward Ink Publishing:
A Closed Door

From DSP Publications:
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)
The Eye and the Arm: (Champion of the Gods – Book 2) 
From Dreamspinner Press:

Self published:
Ashes of Life

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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