I the first story I ever wrote for Insane-O-Tron was Terry. Terry is the story of a plastic pumpkin and his friend Billy Skids. I wrote this sometime back in 2004 or 2005. I was working at University of Phoenix at the time and was allowed to contribute some content to the weekly newsletter that got circulated around the office. I should have been writing about my job but instead I wrote Terry. The next week I wrote The Perfect Day, another story found in Insane-O-Tron. The third week I was asked to no longer write for the company newsletter.
I shelved these stories, which were far shorter and had yet to be revised and moved myself to San Diego. My dream was to be a musician and I figured I would get a job, get a tan, start a band and make it. I never started a band but I did start writing a lot.
I began really writing the stories that would become Insane-O-Tron in 2008. I wrote twelve of them. It took me a couple of years. I wasn’t as focused as I am now. I would start a story and work on it off and on with no real goal of publishing it. Back then I was just trying to write something crazy that would make me laugh. Finally in 2013 after years of working on these things I decided it was time to publish them.
I picked the six stories I wanted to use. I re-wrote them. I re-wrote them again. I put an ad on Craigslist looking for an editor and found a great one named Jennifer. Then I shelved the book thinking I was going to get published the traditional way. After a piss poor attempt at getting an agent and a publisher I gave up. I quit trying. I sat around for another year until I finally got mad at myself for putting in all of that work and doing nothing about it.
So I revised the stories again, got some reviews on a peer review site, revised some more and contacted Jennifer to re-edit the book one last time. Finally I was done. I uploaded the book to Book Baby and published. It has taken basically a decade from the very first incarnations of these stories until now and the way I see it that was the easy part.
The hard part is convincing the world to read my book. I have to find a way to convince people, just like you, that this book is worthy of your time and money. I think it’s awesome and hilarious and unlike anything you’ve ever read so how can I make you believe?
I built a website, I have my own dedicated page on Book Baby to sell my book, I’m a Goodreads Author (where you may be reading this right now), I’m on Twitter and soon I’ll join Facebook. I’ll get Insane-O-Tron reviewed and try everything I can to get the word out there and it still might not be enough to convince someone to lay down a $1.99 for my book.
Writing it was easy. The only person I had to convince of its value was me. Now comes the hard part, convincing everyone else.