Librarian, writer, and illustrator, Ryan M. Williams, author of more than twenty novels, writes across a range of genres including fantasy, science fiction, romance, paranormal, and mystery. He earned an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose University. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Pocket Books, WMG Publishing, and in On Spec Magazine.
Writer, illustrator, librarian.
I assume that you are a creative person. Whatever you find yourself doing, whatever plans and ambitions you have, you are an imaginative and creative person. I start from that assumption.
My second assumption? You're a human being. Although I often write about aliens, people from other worlds, times, or realities, if you're here I'm going to assume you're human. If you're an octopus, dolphin, gorilla, or a lifeform that evolved on another world—that's cool too! Everyone is welcome.
Finally, my third assumption? You are busy! I'm extremely grateful that you choose to spend time here with me. Your life is full. You deal with so much already.
As creative and busy humans we often find that our desire to create, to explore, and to connect with ourselves and others is pushed aside. We take the job. We take care of our family. We do the responsible things—and that's great. We might even feel guilty if we take time for ourselves. Have you felt that way?
I'm married. I have a son. I work a full-time job as a librarian (which is great). I've gone through grad school (twice). I'm a novelist and short story writer. I'm an illustrator. A hobbyist programmer. I love reading, games, and my dogs. I deal with the same day-to-day chores, home repairs, and everything else that you handle.
I've written more than twenty novels, more than a hundred short stories. I've made plenty of mistakes. I restarted this blog in 2018 to share my creative journey, what I learn, what mistakes I make, and what success I have along the way. What about you? Your journey? The challenges you face? What has worked for you? We can learn together.
My goal for 2018 is to move from a writer with essentially no sales to becoming a bestselling writer.
Let me share a bit more about my background. I started publishing my work back in 2008-2009. I've sold stories to anthologies from Pocket Books, WMG Publishing, and On Spec Magazine. I started self-publishing my novels. Initially, I had some success, but I rushed into it and made a lot of mistakes. I ended up taking down most of my titles. My sales dried up and basically stopped.
I shifted gears for a few years to focus on my library career and went back to school for my MLIS degree. I didn't write much. My creative work has been fairly limited the past few years.
Now I'm working on my massive reboot project. I'm writing weekly stories, planning to release several unpublished novels and new editions of my other novels. I plan to write new novels. I will develop a marketing plan.
As I go through this process I plan to share the details. What I'm working on and how I tackle each step. I want to hear from you. What questions do you have?
Whether you seek to express your creativity for yourself, as a hobby or wish to pursue your creative work professionally, how may I help you? Share your questions.
My M.A. degree is in writing popular fiction. As a librarian, I have another perspective on publishing, research, data analysis, and (of course) books! I'll do my best to answer your questions and help you in your journey.
Reading is also an imaginative act. You put yourself in the mind and heart of my characters. As I share my creative journey, what questions do you have? Let me know and I'll answer those as I go. And however you choose to express your creativity, I hope you'll find posts that resonate with you.
I am writing this with you in mind. I want the posts and resources to be both entertaining and helpful. Please share your questions, observations, and feedback. I want to hear what will help you the most.
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