We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Stillman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
First, I started a blog, posting essays and photographs of my solo backpacking adventures. As the blog gained followers, I had many requests to write a book. So I decided, if people are interested in reading by stories in the form of a book, why not give the people what they want! The whole thing started organically like that.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There are a lot of great books out there, but we need more. Books have the power to change the way we look at things. They can quite literally change the world, one reader at a time. I find this incredibly exciting.
As a self-published author, I hire my own editors, layout specialists, and cover designers. I do all my own marketing. There is a lot of research involved. And a lot of work. But I’m in complete control, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
In writing, I’ve learned that the most important thing is to tell the truth. Editing is basically a process of elimination. When there’s nothing left to subtract, the ultimate truth shines like a diamond. A voice beyond your own.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Southern Utah, south of Canyonlands, down some unnamed, dusty road. Cape Solitude, as Edward Abbey would have called it. Utah is filled with more magic than you could fit into a lifetime.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Authors: Edward Abbey and Craig Childs. Their books inspired me to write. And Mark Dawson, whose success story inspired me to self-publish. Boy, am I glad I did!