Ten years ago I started a small zine named Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest. Although I started the publication for the simple goal of channeling my creativity, it didn’t take long for me to realize something else. I would rather be editing, publishing, and writing than doing software development.
While Apex Publications has grown and done well, the circumstances of life and reality has kept it firmly in a nebulous state between hobby and small business. During the last ten years, there has been war, an economic recession, and a housing market collapse. My wife and I had two kids. At no point in that time could I risk quitting the relatively stable profession of software development to pursue my dream of running Apex full-time.
Recently, however, the opportunity of switching professions became a reachable goal. The company has undergone tremendous growth over the past two years. Suddenly I found myself facing a difficult choice: hire somebody full-time to run Apex, or personally take over Apex full-time and draw a salary from the company. I chose the latter!
Starting June 1st my official profession will be publisher.
A lot of people have asked me if I’m scared. My answer is “Heck no! I’m excited!” I’ve been working ten years toward this goal. All those many, many months of working a day job, going home to take care of kids, then spending late weekday nights and whole weekends playing book and magazine publisher are finally paying dividends. I’m taking this opportunity and running with it.
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably someone who has made my career transition possible. I want to thank you for helping make my dream happen. My goal is to pay back your support with more great books and stories by more incredible authors. Let’s keep this rocket ship blasting skyward.
But first, we will celebrate the past ten years of Apex Publications on June 20th at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY as authors, editors, and artists who have played a major role in my journey join me in a reading, a Q & A, dinner, and a cocktail party. More details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Q8FZhP.
And here’s to another fantastic ten years of Apex Publications!