With the end of 2010 just around the corner, it is time to set the record straight.
Brian Nailer the author is not a real person, per se; he was invented as a pen name by Jason Patrick Doherty - that's me - for the year of 2010 as an experiment to see how successful a comletely unknown author could become in one year within a specific set of simple parameters.
The name Brian Nailer comes directly from the NPR broadcaster Brian Naylor. I thought that I misheard his name one day in 2009; I thought I heard "Brian Mailer," and thought that 'Brian Nailer' would be a cool name. Then, after sending out a bunch of submissions under the name Brian Nailer, I dfound out that the NPR correspondent's name was in fact Naylor, not Mailer. Despite this snafu, I stayed with the name.
I ended up getting some poems published and won an award for poetry from the Lucidity Poetry Journal. I was invited to read at a poetry event and also invited to submit poetry to an upcoming anthology.
This experiment has been a lot of fun, and at times, a lot of work has gone into it. I've learned a little about getting published and made a couple of friends along the way.
Next year, using what I've learned, I might just do this thing again with a different Name,