I’ve been self-publishing my work for several years. My first novel, Straight Men in Gay Bars, has been sold throughout the world. My short stories have been published in various literary magazines, both in print and online. As a humble Canadian, it’s hard for me to admit that I’m an author with global distribution.
Much like any writer, my career has had many ups and downs. Success is great and should be heralded every time. But failure isn’t all bad. It is a learning opportunity. And I’ve learned a lot.
I want to share this knowledge with my peers. My goal is to bring them the success they deserve and avoid the mistakes that I had made. I have many very talented friends, and I’m featuring them in the anthology, New Beginnings, a collection of creative writings from BC authors. All the proceeds of the book will be donated to a local charity, SHARE Family and Community Services.
New Beginnings will be the first time that I’ve published other people’s work. Being a writer is often a very solitary craft, but a publisher is a far more social creature. I’ve met so many interesting and intelligent people in the past year. People that want to help and support this project.
It has taught me that writing doesn’t have to be an introverted job. In fact, we are far better off working together. Helping and learning from one and another. And most importantly, supporting each other.
My goal as a publisher is the show the world that my community is a hotbed of literary talent. It’s a tall task, so let’s do it together.
To learn more of Erik D’Souza, the writer, please visit my website: erikdsouza.com.