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Indie Publishing—Is It For You?

I’m reposting this blog, which was supposed to publish in April, but due to either my error or that of wordpress, it posted only for a few minutes. Literally a few minutes and then it disappeared into syberspace. How? I haven’t a clue. But I got some very good feedback and was hoping for more, so here goes:

Following the blogs of quite a few indie published authors has become a recent hobby of mine. A few of my favorites are: D.D. Scott, Theresa Ragan and Jen Talty. Their stories are enthralling, their enthusiasm contagious and their willingness to share their knowledge openly with other writer’s is inspiring.

They’ve also helped me sit back and review my own writing life, something I kept telling myself I’d find them for, and finally did.  This hurry up to wait lifestyle called publishing has me more than perplexed. It’s frustrating trying to write a book that will fit a certain house; it feels like I’m trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.

It’s a true waste of energy, and I can’t help think spending the time writing my next book, the book I want to write, is more productive than worrying about whether my story will fit the specifications of a particular publishing house.

Every hour, every week, every month that I wait to hear whether a book of my sold is time I could have spent having another book professionally edited, the cover designed to my specifications, and uploaded to Amazon when I choose.  So this year, I’m going to dip my toes into the indie publishing pool and feel the water : )

Here’s what I’d like to know. Do you indie publish? How long have you been doing so, and what are some experiences, positive and negative, that you’d like to share?

Best,

Cathy Tully

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