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The Click-clacking on the Keyboard May Wake You
By Milton Stern
If you walk around a certain neighborhood in Orlando, Fla., late at
night, and you peer through the only lighted window on the street,
you may see Michael T. Owens typing away. On second thought, please
do not peer into windows in strange neighborhoods, just take our
word for it.
With a background in advertising and writing, Owens has published
two novels. His first book, Pick-Up Lines was about a man's search
for a dream girl, which leads to more trouble than anything else.
His second book, A Dream Come True, follows the lives of three 20-
year-olds as they leave Orlando and head for glitzy Los Angeles to
chase their dreams.
"Usually my topics vary, but they center around relationships and
how outside forces affect them," Owens tells SelfPublisher News.
As with most self-published authors, Owens wanted to be in control
of the creative process. "Taking an idea from a concept to an actual
book is one of the most exciting, most fulfilling things I've [ever]
done — I love that feeling," he says. "I also like taking full
responsibility if my work fails or succeeds."
Owens believes in hiring the best professionals an author's budget
will allow. "I hired an editor and a graphic/book designer, and I
may seek to hire a publicist in the near future," he tells
He also says he is at the beginning stages of promoting his second
book, so he has not spent much money, but he is looking "to gain
maximum exposure at cost-effective prices."
"Having the industry think your work is inferior simply because it's
self-published [is frustrating for self-publishers]," Owens
says. "Thankfully, some self-publishers are experiencing great
success. This keeps hope alive for the rest of us."
He held an eBay auction for advertising space in A Dream Come True,
which gained Owens some national media exposure, including coverage
in Yahoo News and Adweek Magazine.
Owens says, "Always listen to your readers," and don't "try to
follow trends or what is hot."
People do not understand "the amount of time and energy it takes to
bring a quality book from an idea to the market. It might seem easy,
but it ain't!" Owens tells SelfPublisher News.
"I write for fun! My goal is to consistently entertain readers and
make them want more!" Owens says. "I also want to help increase the
amount of minority readers and creative writers."
A Dream Come True © 2005, ISBN 0976858908, Fiction, Michael T.
Owens, Montage Publishing International,
SelfPublisher News, Oct. 2005, Vol. 1, Num. 3, Copyright © 2005, For more information: http://www.selfpublishernews.com