It took me more than two years from the time I interviewed folks at CONvergence for Geek Culture, but I recently released the book on CreateSpace.
You can find sample pages from Geek Culture on Amazon.com.
I’ve learned a lot from this process. I learned how not to conduct a Kickstarter campaign, how to lay out a book on Microsoft Publisher, how to set up an imprint, how to improve my social media presence (though I’m still growing there)… the list goes on and on. I have a master’s degree, and I’ve taken some excellent classes over the years, but there is nothing quite like the school of experience!
Would I do it again? I’m already working on another book, though this one won’t be a coffee-table book. I’d definitely go about things differently, but that’s a good thing. If I handled the book I’m working on in exactly the same way that I managed Geek Culture, I wouldn’t be growing.
Aspiring writers: I cannot recommend highly enough that you set aside the time to chase your dream. You may not be able to write full-time, but take a little time most days of the week to write, submit and promote your work.
Fellow geeks or people who are interested in geeks: Check out Geek Culture and enjoy reading about the folks who cosplay, present, party, sell their wares, and otherwise have a blast at the sci-fi and fantasy con known as CONvergence!