In 2018 I was going through a very dark period in my life. It was a time where I was struggling with my mental health, something I am always open about with others because it’s important to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. It is not something you want to go through alone.
The reason I mention this is because books are one of the main reasons I’m still alive, literally. I’d never been a reader but I picked up some fantasy books and was completely absorbed into those worlds. I started with Mistborn early-era followed by Kingkiller Chronicle. Shortly after I read Legends of the First Empire, Foundryside, Sword of Kaigen and The Name of All Things, and I was hooked. My entire mental state started to turn. Books provided me with an escape, something for my mind to focus on. I was feeling emotions again and starting to laugh and smile and feel happy.
I then joined Twitter, followed authors and book bloggers. At first, I joined as a means to learn about other SFF books I would enjoy, but I very quickly became engaged in the community. It was a perfect outlet for me to begin socialising again, albeit online, and the community was wonderful and welcoming. I was inspired to setup my own blog and review books myself, leading to me joining Goodreads and Netgalley. I even started thinking about becomming an author myself. In truth, I don’t know if I have an epic fantasy story in me, maybe one-day it will come to be and I’ll find the time to dedicate to it. But, what I did do was start thinking about world-building, which I blogged about (here) as it may help and inspire others, or it may be garbage, it doesn’t matter, it was something that helped me recover mentally.
My love of books has grown, just looking at them makes me happy. I’m sure you know what I mean… the amazing artwork; reading titles that stir up memories and emotions. I actually shirk-wrap my books and purchase the ebook to read so that they don’t get ruined!
I thought about a variety of business ventures, some of which I’m still working on, but the one I was most enthused about was setting up an independent bookstore. I want to share my love of books in any way I can. I want to work with Indie authors to release hardbacks and limited editions copies of their books and get their work to a wider audience. And I hope to work with publishers to eventually build up a tiered subscription model releasing special books that will make others just as happy as me… and so Black Dragon Books was born.
On a side-note, I built this website myself, it’s been fun and a great learning experience. I’ve built several Wordpress sites for people, so if anybody needs help, wants to chat and get some advice, or wants to hire me to help setup a blog or business website, feel free to get in touch. I use several pro-level plugins on this site but can also recommend lots of free alternatives, including some essentials.
If you would like to join us as a reviewer please get in touch.
Setting up a website of blog isn’t easy for everyone, and some people don’t want to review regularly enough to warrant setting up a blog. We already have a platform you can use and want to make accessing the community as easy as possible for everyone. There is no pressure on you to post on a regular timetable.
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