When I was a child, I had an obsessive passion for Nature. I thought I would be a farmer, a mountain man, or an explorer. In fact, I did spend nearly a decade working as a wildlife biologist in Alaska.

However, it appears that my true calling is writing. I never imagine that I would spend half of my life with my face buried in a computer monitor.

Perhaps my career change isn’t so ironic after all. One thing that unites the outdoors and writing is freedom. What’s the point of watching a mountain sheep if you’re working for a government bureaucracy?

At any rate, I’m now up to my eyeballs in writing projects, including several series of books. Along the way, I’ve discovered that the publishing industry is surprisingly (or not) corrupt and dysfunctional, very similar to public education.

Not surprisingly, self-publishing can be extremely confusing. With that in mind, I wrote an article intended to serve as a basic road map for beginners. My goal was to provide a concise, clearly explained recipe for self-publishing. Please check out “Self-Publishing: Beginners’ Road Map,” and let me know if I succeeded.