IamA tech manager who quit to become a fantasy writer. My novel is now one of the highest rated fantasy debuts on Goodreads. AMA!
My short bio: I'm Bill Ricardi, former uTest performance tester of the year 2010, former test manager for one of the Big 4 consultancies, former owner of a startup that went nowhere when the funding pulled out.
Last March I gave up on tech to follow my dream. I wrote my first fantasy novel, Another Stupid Spell. After over 2 dozen agent rejections, I published it anyway.
Unexpectedly, it shot up to 4.45+ on Goodreads, broke 165K pages read on the Kindle in 30 days, and gave me a new livelihood. We expect the rating to level out a bit with more volume, but it's currently sitting just above 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'.
My cat Loki and I are here for the next few hours. We're happy to answer process questions, questions about the transition from tech, and anything else about myself or the upcoming trilogy. And of course, if I can help anyone else with their own writing dreams, please ask!
My Proof: http://www.billricardi.com/reddit.html
EDIT: It's now 8 AM U.K. time, and I need to walk the cat on his little harness and take a nap. If you're just catching this now, feel free to post questions and I'll try to answer one final swath of them in the next few hours. Thanks for all the love and support, I'm really overwhelmed. :)
EDIT 2: I'm back until I pass out now!
FINAL EDIT: OK folks, 18 hours later and I learned so much! Thanks for that. I need to eat and sleep for at least 5 hours before my 8 hour writing shift starts. Good luck everyone!