Listen to enough writers, filmmakers, artists, etc. and you'll find a prevalent theme that releasing your work into the wild for the masses to judge is a terrifying venture. Suddenly something you've labored over and poured a piece of your soul into is out there for the internet trolls to potentially find and deride at their pleasure. Worry about such a thing long enough and you'll never release anything.
Today, I want to show you the positive side of releasing your creation into the wild and what it means to see it resonate with others.
When I first began writing the Salted series back in 2009, I had a number of fears.
Will anyone ever read these books? What if I screw up the story or the cover design? Should I even bother chasing this silly dream?
Coupled with those fears came numerous articles, blog posts, and statistics from various publishers and literary agents all reiterating a headline along the lines of this one: "Young adult males don't read."
It all fired me up.
Will anyone ever read these books? Yes, even if it's just to make fun of me, someone will read these books.
What if I screw up the story or the cover design? You do this and then this.
What if those publishers and agents were right? Should I even bother chasing this silly dream? Yes, Galvin, you silly, silly man-child. And here's why...
The Montessori School of Westfield, Indiana was one of the first schools to invite me to speak with their students. Recently, they had a book fair and these students chose to review my Salted books as their projects. As someone who continues to worry about what others will think when releasing my books, I can tell you these photos made it all worth it.
Seeing that these students thought enough of my books to choose them for their book fair and then recreate Crayfish Cavern and the Tiber High swimming pool as miniature models has been another wind in my sails.
I'm also thrilled to share with you all something another student has been working on...
Salted - Minecraft
The creator of this Minecraft project, Gabriel, and I have been exchanging emails for a couple months now as he's striving to recreate the Salted world and characters in exactness. He intends on the project being a playable, adventure game so if you, or anyone you know, is a Salted and a Minecraft fan, be sure to subscribe to Gabriel's YouTube channel for updates.
Author. Actor. Rascal.