Wife’s Bravery Inspires Writer to Finish and Publish His Manuscript
Michael J. Ganas always felt he would someday write a book, but it wasn’t until his wife became ill with chronic myeloid leukemia that he was inspired to follow through with his dream. He began crafting The Girl Who Rode Dolphins, a thrilling action-adventure filled with admirable yet realistic characters and the qualities of determination and bravery his wife displayed in dealing with her illness.
Ganas describes The Girl Who Rode Dolphins as a labor of love. Writing it served as a challenge, and he strove for perfection.
“I had to constantly challenge myself to come up with new ideas,” Ganas said. “I only knew I wanted to take the reader on a journey to high adventure, an escape from the often mundane routines of everyday life most of us encounter. I kept imagining the scenes I created coming to life on the big screen of a blockbuster movie. But while the story brims with action, the plot is multi-layered and runs deep, providing a variety of philosophic perspectives to a troubled world.”
After four years of diligently working on his manuscript, Ganas knew his book needed to be read, but traditional publishers felt differently. Before his book was completed, he began optimistically writing to mainstream publishers. His optimism soon faded as he began seeing only rejection notes.
“Two of the most typical but dreaded words coming from a literary agency are ‘regretfully’ and ‘unfortunately’,” Ganas said.
He listened to agents tell him he did not have a distinct genre and that they could not get enthusiastic about his synopsis. Despite these rejections, Ganas never lost faith in his creation, refusing to let his finished manuscript sit in a drawer with no readers.
“With the sobering and futile experience of having dealt with traditional publishers and literary agents now under my belt, I decided I would not delay getting my completed work into print any longer,” he said.
He decided to publish with AuthorHouse. Soon, he was holding a beautiful finished product in his hands.
With his book published, Ganas is seeing the fruits of his labor. So far his book has won four book awards, including best science fiction in the 2009 Green Book Festival; best epic adventure and best science fiction epic adventure in the 2008 BooksandAuthors.net awards; and it was named a finalist for action-adventure in the 2009 Indie Excellence Book Awards. Concludes Ganas, “Deep down I believed in my work and the judges bestowing these awards only reaffirmed this belief. Obviously they were seeing something in my creativity and writing style the agents were missing. There’s a distinct myopia within the ranks of literary agents, and blinded by their own shortsightedness and bias, they fail to see the forest for the trees.”
“Writing is a purely creative endeavor, plain and simple,” he said. “If you truly believe in your work but fail to spark the interest of a literary agent or publisher, then by all means self-publish. Creativity should not be compromised to conform to the pontifications and agendas of biased mainstream powerbrokers in an industry stubbornly resistant to change.”
Ganas couldn’t be happier with his decision to self-publish. Now he has a professional and successful published book to honor his wife’s bravery and indomitable strength. Furthermore, he has hope for a bright writing career.
“While I would still welcome a book deal, this wannabe writer is now free to get his creativity out there without any restraints, fully immunized and independent of all the nonsensical obstacles and barriers mainstream publishers and literary agents have laid in my path,” he said.
Visit www.thegirlwhorodedolphins.com or the AuthorHouse Bookstore to purchase a copy of The Girl Who Rode Dolphins.