B Alan Bourgeois began writing when he was 12 years of age. At that time, like many parents of his time, he was told by his mother to put it away and to study hard so he could get a well-paying job. He did put it away until 1987.
In the fall of 1987 when living in northern California, he took a writing class and was challenged to write a short story. $200 Alan was written and was published in the local community college press. That re-ignited his writing career.
Over the years, he has written well over 30 short stories leading to a variety of book collections and awards.
In 1997 when a gay bar was bombed in Atlanta, GA spurred him to write his first book. While it only took weeks to write the manuscript, it took him four years to finally release it and get it published by a small press. This again ignited a spark in him to write more.
In 2006 he submitted his second novel to a publishing house only to realize the horrors of what a vanity press is and how they rip off authors who are eager to get published. This pushed him into exploring the self-publishing world that was beginning to blossom.
By 2007 he opened up his own publishing business to help other authors like himself who wanted to get published but needed help. By August 2011 after publishing 60 books for authors in the USA, India, Canada and working with an artist in Japan and the USA, and after going through the worst recession in US history, Bourgeois closed up his publishing house as the concept of marketing finally yanked him back into a reality he was not expecting.
Like so many authors at the time, and even today, he had not realized the challenge that marketing a book presented, nor the high cost associated with it. It was then that we choose to dedicate his life to helping authors learn how to better market and sell themselves and their books. It would be this process that would help authors to achieve financial success.
Texas Assoc. of Authors was created and began operation working with authors from around the state of Texas to help them learn about marketing, discover opportunities to reach readers, and sharing the cost in a more economical way that made it easier for them to participate.
In 2012 the first Texas Book Awards were given at a restaurant that was located on S. Congress Ave., the Friday night before the Texas Book Festival was to happen. He made a promise then that the organization would have a space in the festival in 2013 for authors to have access to the large attendance of readers. He has kept that promise each year but for one due to a scheduling challenge. As of the writing of this (2020), they are waiting to determine when and how they can participate in the annual event due to COVID19.
Bourgeois continued to write short stories and full-length books. It was his dedication to the organization and other programs and events he has created that has kept him from being able to write as much as he would like. He still tries to work on short stories, and many articles to help fellow authors and have taken the organization to international status.
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