Please welcome the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! Alex supports, encourages, and inspires writers in this writing community. Thank you Alex for all your support!
Livia wanted me to talk about my beginnings—how a head banging, science fiction and tech geek like me got started—and where I am today.
First, let me clarify something. I’m still the same dude. I’m still just Alex.
I joke that I never wanted to be an author, but it’s true. Writing was never a big drive for me. I’m shy, reserved, and don’t like the spotlight. (Or my picture taken!) I never thought my name would one day appear on two books—soon to be three!
That I even sent out queries for my first book was a miracle. If not for the encouragement of my wife and two friends who read my manuscript, CassaStar would still exist only on my computer. Several months of rejections from science fiction publisher led to a wider range of queries, which eventually resulted in an offer from a small press.
It came with an ultimatum though—get my butt online or else.
Oh crap! I wasn’t prepared for that.
Ready or not, on November 9, 2009, I wrote my first blog post. I had zero followers. (I didn’t even know what a follower was!) But I was socializing online for the first time in my life—and I had no idea what I was doing.
I started following science fiction blogs, but few returned the gesture. Fortunately I found some authors online, and they welcomed me to the blogging world. Those early followers included Elizabeth, Diane, and Stephen, and they guided me along. Not long after I found Arlee Bird and the first A to Z Challenge. With about thirty followers, I plunged into April’s Challenge…
I’ll give you the measurable stats first:
~My blog has over 1700 followers,
~I’m approaching my third year as a co-host of the A to Z Challenge.
~I founded the Insecure Writer’s Support Group September 2011, and it’s over 250 members strong.
~I’ve hosted dozens of blogfests. (Heck, I WAS a blogfest!)
~My site was a Blog of Note.
~I’ve been invited to science fiction conferences and featured in magazines.
~My first two books are Amazon US and Amazon UK Science Fiction Best Sellers.
Now for the intangibles:
How do I list those? I have hundreds of blogger buddies who support and encourage me. Tens of thousands of fans await my next book, CassaStorm. And my life has been enriched and blessed beyond my wildest dreams.
The greatest intangible is my ability to give back. So many have supported me—I want to give back to the community that helped this once struggling blogger and author. I want to celebrate the achievements of my fellow bloggers. I want to help others succeed and achieve their goals. God has blessed me, and I want to pass that on to others.
Where am I now?
I'm Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. And I am here to serve...
Thank you Alex!
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The Golden Globe Nominees were announced on Thursday, December 13!
I will post more about this subject next week!