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 is 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 time for, and finally did. This hurry up to wait lifestyle called publishing has me more than perplexed. It’s frustrating trying 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 house.
Every hour, every day, every week, every month that I wait to hear whether a book sold, is time I could have spent having another book edited professionally, 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?
I guess it’s my turn to have a brain fart and forget to post on Monday. I blame it on the day job and my crazy schedule as of late. Work insanity aside, I’ve been going through a number of changes with my writing in the last few months. I reclaimed the rights to one of my stories for a number of reasons. I’ll admit that in doing so a part of me felt like my writing career was taking a step backward. Logically, I knew it was the right move and that nothing but good could come of it. It took me some time, however, to come around to that same point of view emotionally. I know that may sound strange, but hey most writers have some degree of crazy going on.
As I was settling things with the rights reversion, and feeling a bit like a loser in the process, I kept thinking of that quote that says when a door closes, somewhere a window opens. I had to realize that I hadn’t taken a step backward; I was just doing a redirect and choosing a new path. I talked to my writing buddies and then I went to the RWA conference and little spotlights of opportunity started to shine. By making a few more adjustments to my new vision even more opportunities opened up. In making that one simple yet difficult decision a load of new possibilities opened up.
So say all that to say what? First, it’s vital to have a good support network. My writing friends were there to lift me up when I was feeling down and help reinforce that I was making the right decision. Sometimes you just need a sounding board and they were there for me and helped me in amazing ways. So, whether it is a critique group, friends you make within a writing group, whatever, find those people who will help you back up when you fall and it will keep you sane in this crazy industry. My second point is to be open to taking new paths in your career. I’ve seen so many writers trudging forward along the down the same road and not seem to gain any ground. Then they do a redirect and things go better than they could have ever imagined. We all have stumbling blocks along the way, but they don’t necessarily have to be bad things. If nothing else we learn from them and move on, but you may also find that something bigger and better comes along by changing your game plan.