At the beginning of this year I had only just begun my journey into the world of self-publishing and being an Indie Author. Up until that point I hadn’t ever really considered myself an Author of any kind. Mostly my focus had been on writing screenplays and dreaming of the day when I would see my words come to life on the big screen. Writing an entire book, well that seemed like a rather ambitious undertaking. However, after a meek attempt at getting my scripts out there I had to face facts. While I may be a fairly decent writer I am a horrible sales person. Not only am I awkward and uncomfortable when it comes to selling myself as a writer, I also loathe doing it. Basically I would just like be able to write and then magically have people find my work…
The first book I wrote (Welcome To The Half Orphan Club) and self-published was nonfiction and it was nearly twenty years in the making. My mother had self-published her own version of the events following my father’s death shortly before, so she was there to guide me through what turned out to be an incredibly easy process. It was then that I realized, I didn’t need to go around knocking on doors I hadn’t been invited to in the first place…I could open my own doors.
It wasn’t long after, that I decided to pull out some of my scripts and turn them into novels. It took me a while at first to find my groove, but once I got started I stayed pretty busy. Now that the year is coming to an end, I’ve completed three novels and am nearly finished with the fourth.
It’s been exciting watching the reviews come in and hearing from complete strangers that they enjoy my work. In a way, this year has been all about writing and having people magically find my work. Sure, I’ve had to learn my share on marketing, but it’s been more about letting people know that my books exist rather than trying to convince anyone to buy them.
So, I was pretty content with how things were going…then on a whim I decided to submit Blood Bound to a new publishing company. I was really impressed with what they had to offer and I thought “Hey, what could it hurt?!”
Some time went by and I forgot all about it until I received an e-mail requesting the entire manuscript. A few weeks after that I was signing a contract with SalGad Publishing for novel number 3!
Now, in addition to all the fun I’ve had learning how to do everything myself, I’ve found there’s even more fun to be had when others do it for you! An actual artist has designed the new cover and I am actually IN LOVE! The book is currently undergoing some re-editing, another perk I’m grateful for. Once that is finished, the new and improved BLOOD BOUND will be re-released before the year is up.
Does this mean my days of self-publishing are over? I doubt it. There are too many great things about both routes to give up either. Writing has always been an adventure for me. Imaginary fun that filled the empty spaces…but the adventure isn’t only on paper. It’s part of my life (which is now the life of an Author – eek!), and I for one, kinda love it 😉