I started this website as a first step toward publishing my novel (after writing it, that is). So what more appropriate topic for my first blog than how I got here?
"You Can't Go It Alone."
No Man is an Island
The first thing to know about indie publishing is that there is no such thing as doing it on your own. If you were picked up by a publishing house you wouldn’t be in it alone, would you? No, you’d have an editor, a marketing specialist, maybe even a separate contact to talk about graphics and cover art. It’s no different for an Indie published author. Sure, you take on most of those roles yourself, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t resources out there to help you.
The Book That Taught Me (almost) Everything I Know
For me, that reliable source was the book The Indie Author Guide: Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use, by April L. Hamilton. I found this guide in a bookstore a few years ago and picked it up on a whim. Although I’d never heard of Indie Publishing, I liked Indie music and the idea of adapting the rebellious ‘stick it to the man and do what moves you’ attitude of the Indie Music scene to my writing appealed to me.
And don’t forget to get out there. It’s scary and nerve wracking, but you have to make yourself get active in the community. Create the website, start an author Facebook page or Instagram feed ( I have, and I promise it’s not that scary. Check them out here: FB, Pintrest and Instagram) It’s not enough to buy the book, or join the forum and then stop there and let that manuscript turn to dust in your drawer. Take the leap. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on Indie Publishing. Whats your favorite website or book that’s been most helpful on your journey? Comment below or use the contact page to drop me a line. Don’t forget to subscribe so you know when my next blog post is available.