Q: Why did you publish both of your first books indie?
A: It all goes back to 1985. We had an assignment in Creative Writing class and my teacher Mrs. Bryant had invited a journalist student from Tulsa to spend the day in class with us students. The journalist collage student had issues with pride, and she was never wring about anything.
I was not looking forward to her coming to my desk. When she did I hid my work, not out of shame, but out of preservation. Mrs. Bryant FORCED me to show her my work. She took my personal account that I wrote at age 17 about an event from my childhood and made it hers. I was dumbfounded. I asked it not to be published in that years magazine, Mrs. Bryant did so anyway, but under a pen name. From that day forward I viewed publishing editors as the same, although I know it is unjustified.
Later I sent in some of my poems and got a similar reaction, not that I was not good, but they felt the changes they offered would be better.
In the end, I'm not afraid of rejection, I just do not like my work becoming someone's else. Granted I understand the need for an editor to offer suggestions and corrections to your work. My present editor offered a lot with "David's mark" and most were taken, even though painful because I knew he was right. So it is not pride or fear that I went indie, it was an act of preserving my art.
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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The 3 Novels/Books Written By DeWayne Watts
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"The Boy in The Wood"
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