So, for those of you who have read my columns since I started writing for this section, you may already know that I am a big fan of Free Market Capitalism. Personally, I’m not just a fan, I also have experience, and have participated in the free market for several years.

This began when I wrote and published my first novel aimed for children, “Lanelle and the Elementary School Lock-In” last Summer through Lulu Press. It became a bit of a success with both online and physical sales. Several local teachers and parents bought copies from either me personally or through either Lulu’s website, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, and have given me positive reviews over social media.

During the time I was selling my first book, I wrote and eventually published its sequel, “Lanelle and the Ghost of Davidson Elementary” in October. Then, while writing the upcoming third and final book, I published my first book aimed for younger children, “Smushed, Soggy Sandwiches.”

Writing these books may take hard work to finish, but working them into the competitive book market has its own ups and downs. Since I’m a self-published author, I don’t have the big financial endorsements of large, famous book publishers out there, but that doesn’t stop me from promoting my books at a near shoestring budget.

Recently, with my volunteer work and involvement with the local non-profit group Special Kids with Special Needs, I’ve been allowed to sell my books at several of their events, which I made sales at, by having customers place their orders. When the ordered books would arrive in the mail, I would sign them to whomever they bought the book for, and then send it via mail. I struggled selling my first book until the owners of PinTwist allowed me to sell them whenever I came to bowl in the leagues I was in.

Of course, with me making the decisions on what my books should cost, I’m able to sell them for an affordable price while still making a little money. I’ve even gotten some tips from fellow author and friend, T.D. Wilson (author of the “Spark” series), on further aspects of self-publishing, especially at the Seguin Public Library’s Indie Author Fest, to which the both of us were invited as guest authors.

Though I do admit that the obstacles I faced were pretty grand in the self-publishing market, that doesn’t stop me from finding a path through them, no matter how difficult it was.

This shows the experience in the free market is not easy, but if you could get through the obstacles and make a profit — either it be big or small — it is proof that it is the best economic system that we can count on. Even more so for those who aim to be entrepreneurs in the business that they want to be a part of.

I highly recommend supporting your local self-published authors, whether it be me, T.D. Wilson, or any other known local author in the Seguin area. If you can, visit the online sites Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or even through self-publishing sites like Lulu Press or AuthorHouse, and check out the amazing books that are for sale..

Nolan Schmidt is an independent filmmaker, and serves as the County Chair for the Guadalupe County Libertarian Party.

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