It’s time to make an announcement I honestly never thought I’d be able to make. No, it’s not the long-awaited film deal. But in many ways, it’s much bigger than that. So, here it goes. I’m pleased to announce my official retirement from the financial industry. Today, I formally conclude my old career and begin my new one … as a full-time writer. This has been a long time coming, far longer than many people probably realize.
My journey from Wall Street to adventurer / full-time writer has been a crazy one and perhaps I’ll devote a few posts to it someday. But for now, I’d like to thank the people who supported me along the way, namely my wife Julie, my family, and especially all of you, my readers. I wouldn’t be here without you.
Unlike most traditional writers, I’m basically a one-man operation (with a little editing help from the wife-thanks Julie!). I don’t hire researchers to generate ideas. I don’t employ substantive editors to shape and mold my novels to meet market demands. I don’t utilize copy editors to correct my grammar and spelling. I don’t hire cover artists or formatters to create attractive packaging. And most importantly, I don’t have a team of salespeople and publicists pushing me and my books into bookstores, libraries, and onto the general public.
But while I lack the vast resources available to other authors, I’ve managed to sell tens of thousands of books across the globe over the last few years. That level of success has allowed me to make a career change that would’ve seemed unthinkable just a short while ago. So, once again, thank you. Thank you for buying my books. Thank you for rating and reviewing them. And thank you for spreading the word. Without all of you, I wouldn’t be making this transition—and achieving a lifelong dream—today.
If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that the secret to happiness is to live your truth. With that said, it’s time to live my truth …
I’m a writer. And I’m damn proud of that.