Guy Takeo Kawasaki is an American (who grew up in Hawaii) marketing specialist, author, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist. According to Wikipedia, Kawasaki was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing their Macintosh computer line in 1984. You may never have heard of him, and honestly, I didn't until I did some research about famous innovators.
His most recent book, Wise Guy, is described as Kawasaki's most personal book to date. While the book is written as what could be considered a memoir, it contains a series of vignettes that include various personal experiences that Kawasaki says have enlightened and inspired him.
Why am I mentioning someone most people have never heard of? Because he is credited with a quote that inspires me to get off my butt and do something. "The hardest part about getting started, is getting started."
Admit it. You've been there. A million reason why you can't do something. "I'm not good enough; people will laugh at me; they will say I am no good; I can't do it."
First of all, yes, you are good enough. Maybe people will laugh at you, but so what? No one is perfect. What is the definition of good, anyway? People all have different perspectives about good and bad. Besides, we should care more about what we think rather than what other people think. And yes, of course you can do it. It all depends on how bad you want it.
I used to think that my writing sucked, but that didn't stop me from doing it. I had no idea how to get my writing in front of people (in the age before computers.) I think I entered a writing contest one time, but I never heard anything back. Needless to say, I had an extremely low opinion of my writing.
But then something amazing happened! I was 42 years old when I had an article published in a national magazine; that was the boost of confidence I needed to pursue my dream of becoming a serious writer. I enrolled in college the following fall.
Our community college didn't have a writing program, so my teacher suggested I join the school's newspaper. I loved it! I volunteered for all the articles no one else wanted, and gained the experience I needed to keep moving forward.
I transferred to the local university and became the Editor-in-Chief of the school's newspaper. At 48 years old, I may have been the oldest person to ever be the Chief, but I didn't care. I was on my way to becoming a respectable writer.
When I graduated a year later, I started my own newspaper in a little nearby town. Most people told me not to bother because newspapers were starting to close down, but I had to try anyway. I knew I would regret it if I didn't.
That experience opened new doors for me and I continued to make my way through the writing. A freind of mine suggested I publsih my stories, but I didnt' know how to go about it. I did some research online and asked other writers about how to get publsihed and found out that it's a long drawn-out process. Besides, many writers had their manuscripts rejected for various reasons, and I didn't think I was ready for that.
I discovered Create Space (which became Kindle Direct Publishing two years ago), a platform through Amazon which I could self-publish my own stories. It was a difficult process, but it was worth it. when my first book came in the mail, I realized I wanted to do it again.
Since then, I have hosted several workshops to help local writers through the publishing process. Turn the Page Publishing was created with that purpose in mind; to help aspiring writers fulfill their dreams of becoming published authors, too.