Happy New Year!

I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a safe New Year. Ours was a blast but above all it was great downtime for our family. Among the cool stuff we got for our daughter she also opened up a slew of games which we had fun with. After our stint at the Nashville Rescue Mission we spent some time with friends on New Year’s Eve playing even more games. It was my first time at Apples to Apples and I really enjoyed it.

 So what will 2012 bring?

For starters, I’m hoping that it all doesn’t end on December 21st but for you, my hope is that this year brings not just what your heart desires but what it needs to stay strong. With the coming elections this year will be a pivotal one. Will our country go one way or the other? We shall see. I’m one for making choices based on much prayer and research.

As far as writing is concerned, yes I’m still working on a business plan. Although I believe in always having a plan of action I’ll have to admit I’d much rather be writing than putting something like this together. It hasn’t been fun but I’m plugging away because the reality is that it takes money to publish a book on your own. There is great angst in the thought of going to investors because I don’t like to owe anyone anything but given the state of the publishing industry I don’t have much choice and that could work out for the better.

Either way I know in my heart of hearts that things will work out as they always do and Jupiter Chronicles and Haven of Dante will release.

I have found an amazing editor that I’ll reveal at a later date but I’m excited about him helping me out. He’s been a great guy to dialogue with over e-mail so I’m stoked about working with him. For all you other indie writers out there, I highly recommend a professional editor for your manuscript. Not using one is what has kept the indie market in a lesser light in the past but that is changing. An inspiring article that my friend Michael D. Hamersky sent me speaks of 2012 as the year of the artist-entrepreneur and is very encouraging as it outlines the various mediums that are seeing an upsurge in the marketplace that are conducive for indie authors.

If you’re a comics fan, Michael’s blog is the one to follow. Check out his site here.

For my previous post on why you should self-publish please visit here.

All that said, I’m really looking forward to everything 2012 will bring. More importantly, I’m looking forward to growing with my family and spending more time with them and friends….

…like you.

Chat soon,


Leonardo Ramirez is an author of prose fiction and graphic novels in the genres of Young Adult and Children’s Books.

For more information please visit http://www.leonardoverse.com.