Writing Adventures…

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 😉

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8 thoughts on “Writing Adventures…

  1. Great blog! I feel the same way about trying to sell myself as a writer. I am shy and awkward so the thought of having to market and sell myself is just terrifying. I have a YA novel that I want to self publish, but it’s the fear and complete loathing of marketing myself that has delayed me.

    • Thanks! I totally hear you! I’ve always been extremely shy…always sitting back and observing everything around me quietly and comfortable with the idea that I am nearly invisible by doing so. It hasn’t been easy learning the ropes of marketing and pushing myself in areas I never had any desire to change or grow in (such as drawing attention to myself!) but it has been so worth it! I finally get to do what I love to do and there really isn’t anything better than that 🙂 So, get that YA novel out there and just go for it! What’s the worst thing that could happen 😉

  2. That is very true! Can’t succeed if you don’t try. I really want to, but I am still looking into marketing options. I’ve always heard that you should build a fan base and then release a book. Any tips you could offer or sites that you found helpful while you were learning the ropes?

    • Haha, yeah I learned that you’re supposed to pre-market your book for six months waaaayyyy after I released my first two novels. It probably does make things a lot easier, although, even if I had known I probably wouldn’t have done it…I’m just not patient enough 🙂 The best advice I can give is this – Use facebook for networking. There are tons of great Indie Author groups out there and most of them are filled with members who have a great deal of experience and are happy to share it! In addition, they tend to be incredibly supportive and helpful when it comes to marketing as long as you are willing to reciprocate. Twitter is an excellent marketing tool that should not be underestimated! And third, after you publish and get a few reviews posted on your novel, try running a free promotion. It’s the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to introduce your book to new readers that might never find it any other way. People tend to have mixed feelings about giving away their books for free, but the way I see it, it’s no money out of my pocket and even if I did add up all of the royalties I could have earned on the free downloads had they been paid for, it would probably be about the same as if I had spent that money on paid ads and features which is something I have yet to do. Aside from that, just make sure you’re putting the best possible product out there. Get an eye catching cover and make sure your book is edited. No book is ever completely error free, but we should all do our best to get as close as possible 🙂 Wow…that was pretty lengthy, lol! Hope it helps ~

      • Yes, thank you so much! I am very impatient so I wouldn’t have been able to wait six months either! I guess we’ll see how long I can force myself to wait, haha. I did join some author/writer groups and now I just need to learn to be more sociable so I can make better use of them! I also have a FB fan page for my novel and I linked it to my WordPress blog along with Twitter. So far things are slow, but i’ll keep trying to build more content for my site. And thanks again for taking the time to share tips. 🙂

      • You’re totally welcome! Always happy to help if I can 🙂 Sounds like you’re way ahead of the game compared to where I was when I started!

        Best of luck to you and your novel!!!

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