Who we are…
Hi. My name is Steve, owner of Alderson Press. I am a proud and enthusiastic self-published author.
Sometime back in the nineties I came up with the crazy idea that I wanted to be a writer.
The idea was crazy, because no magazine or book publisher was interested in anything I had written.
So I did the only thing I could do. I started started my own magazine and began publishing my own books — selling them mostly through direct mail in those days. When the internet became a thing I started publishing my magazine online, and when Amazon opened its doors to indie publishers, I jumped on it.
I didn’t get rich, but for the past 20 years I’ve made my living doing what I enjoy most: I write about things important to me and I work with people that I care about.
This includes being able to spend most of the past decade serving in a poor community in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, teaching English and helping local churches. It’s a great way to live, and being self-published writer made it possible for me to divide my time between the US and Brasil.
Over the years I’ve also had the opportunity to work with other writers and communicators, helping them put together books and blogs and websites so they could get their message out.
Thanks to ebooks and print-on-demand, it’s easier now than ever before to do what I’ve done.
If you have always wanted to write a book, but “knew” that a traditional publisher would never give your work a second look, you now have the option of publishing yourself for a very small investment. And if you take the time to learn the steps, you can get your book on Amazon for practically nothing.
The trick is in learning the steps.
Most of what you need to know is available somewhere online. Finding it — and sifting through the misinformation — isn’t always easy. And it’s time-consuming. You can also learn a lot through through trial and error, though it can be time-consuming, too.
It helps to have someone take the journey with you.
That’s what I can do. I can help you get from the first step to the final step in getting your work in the hands (or on the screens) of your readers.