I realized that I had been perfecting my craft for 25 years, and that I had allowed myself to be held back by my desire for authorization from the literary establishment. Since I decided to self-publish, a large weight of bitterness has been lifted from my shoulders. I can go into a bookstore without hating every literary novelist who got a book deal. The prospect of marketing my work, which used to paralyze me with dread, now seems natural and doable. I’m a happier person.
The very kind Dan Blask asked me to participate in a question on the MCC’s Artsake blog: “Why did you decide to become an artist-presenter?” Here is my answer: