Wednesday, March 13, 2013
March Indie Life
Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.
Today's post will be brief. I'm busy, your busy, so lets just get to the point. I've attended several writers conferences this past month. (Indie Recon was awesome!) And, except for the one made almost exclusively for indie authors, I have, without fail, received condescending looks every time I've said I'm going with indie publishing. My word of advice to those new to this experience, the looks are normal. Don't let the naysayers get you down. Work hard, and prove that you have something worth saying too!
Being an indie author requires a lot from those who journey on its path. Here are three things I've discovered on my trek thus far.
1. Indie publishing is in no way a short cut to publishing. Those who treat it as such usually don't have much success. Nor should it be treated as something one just does until you're lucky enough to catch the eye of an agent or editor. It is a career choice that should be weighed carefully against all other options before choosing. It is time consuming hard work that often doesn't bear much fruit when one is first starting. This is not to discourage anyone, but a fair warning to be sure you are fully committed because there will be days that you question your sanity. (Been there, done that--several times.)
2. If you find you have limited time in your schedule at the moment and the choice is between writing or building the business, always, always write first. You can't have a successful business without a product. In indie publishing, and traditional publishing, the product is the most important thing. A side note: realize that writing is important and don't beat yourself up about not being a expert on all the others things yet. They will come as you tackle learning each aspect of indie publishing, one thing at a time.
3. If you know you want to indie publish then start saving now. Put a little aside each month to help cover those upfront business costs. Yes, indie publishers have the potential to make more on royalties, but you have to have a stellar products first. That takes time and money--lots of both. So prepare in advance. Even if that rough draft is nowhere near publication, start saving for the editor, cover image, print copies, etc., now.
One last word of advice that I've found helpful. Live you dreams. Don't let the daunting wall of to-dos keep your from really enjoying the wonders of writing and publishing that first, second, third, whatever number your on, book. Write your story. If you make it the best you can, then you will find the right readers for the tales you spin. Good luck to you all!