The Short Version
Paulo da Silva is Portuguese, was raised in South Africa, lives in Germany, and is often found loitering near second-hand bookstores in the UK. He is a software developer by profession. Occasionally he complains about a writer's woes at authorpaulo.blogspot.com.
The Long Version
I started writing in August, 2013.
I started writing "seriously" in March or so, 2016.
Between those two times I sold my soul to self-publishing. I made some money (not much, not enough to sell a soul for - is there ever a high enough price?), got good reviews, got bad reviews, wrote under four or six pseudonyms / heteronyms (I lost count). Garnered some fans.
Long story. Backstory.
I started writing because I was broke, thought I would "make it big" with my first shot out the gates.
Haha - joke's on me.
Well, while trying to "make my fortune," I fell in love with writing itself, quit the self-publishing swill, decided to actually learn something about language and words, started chugging away at the "old fashioned" route, writing short stories, trying to break into the market.
I like the old fashioned route. It's humbling.
After a while, form rejections became personalized rejections, became rewrite requests, became my first-ever sale.
This is where we're at now. June, 2016.
Fingers crossed that the first-ever sale will become second-ever, third, and then a novel...
To the stars, as they say.
I'm currently a software developer, although other jobs I've had include:
- Vitamin salesman (telesales)
- Waiter / Server
- Data inputter (those were tough days, tough days)
- Assistant to a personal fitness trainer