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My Life as an Indie Author #PoweredByIndie

Even though I’m not yet where I want to be as an author, I have to say that so far this journey has been a dream come true.

I think the main reason I feel so differently from other authors I’ve read about is that I’m not trying to rush things. I know where I want to go and I know eventually I’ll get there as long as I keep moving forward. So, I take it a day at a time and I’m allowing myself to enjoy the journey.

It wasn’t always like this for me though.

I decided early on that I wanted to self-publish my work. I had many reasons for this, but the main reason was that I just didn’t want to have to answer to anyone else as far as my work was concerned. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, and I’ve always wanted to be my own boss is whatever I did.

There was a time where I had considered traditionally publishing. I was scared. I wasn’t sure I could do it on my own because, at the time, there was a lot of negativity that went with being self-published. Even today, there are groups of people out there who use cyberbullying tactics to bring down indie authors.

Then organizations, like Amazon and Smashwords, made it easy to self-publish. While there is still some negativity, it seems to be dying down. Many readers are turning to indies because our books are cheaper, and according to many, a better value for the money.

I didn’t want to just jump into it though.

I took some time to study the industry and what I would be expected to do. A lot of the negativity was based on the belief that self-published authors put sub-par work into the world, and because of that, the whole industry was suffering.  I didn’t want to be one of those authors.

Once I started publishing, I was so determined to get my name out there. I pushed myself to write and market myself, sometimes for up to 16 hours a day. And I burned out. This thing I loved to do was suddenly more like work, and I began feeling like I didn’t want to do it anymore.

I didn’t give up though. I made myself take a break, and I decided it wasn’t worth doing if it wasn’t going to be fun for me. I stopped setting word count deadlines, and I loosened up my schedule. Now I seem to get more done in a shorter time than before. I don’t write as much as I did, but that’s more due to my health.

I’m not rich or famous, nor is that my goal, but I’m living the dream!

 

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#ISWG: Walking in My Own Shoes?

Hi, everyone! It’s been a couple of months since I did an ISWG post. I’ve been dealing with flu and dislocated limbs (my daughter’s…not my own). I think things are finally getting back on track now.

I couldn’t think of anything to talk about that I haven’t already mentioned on my blog, so I decided to go with this month’s question:

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in??

What has really surprised me most about my writing is in how much people seem to like it. I won’t lie…I never believed people would hate it. I mean, there will always be a few people who don’t like it. I don’t like everything I read either, but for the most part, I figured people would like my writing. I just haven’t expected some of the feedback I get from my readers, and I’m really grateful for it because it keeps me motivated to keep writing.

I also get some great constructive feedback from other authors who have read my work, which has really helped me improve my writing over the last few years.

The biggest surprise for me, though, is when I write something and leave off feeling like it was probably the most terrible thing I’ve ever written. Especially when my brain fog kicks in like it has in the last few months, I just can’t make my brain focus well enough to write well. Or at least I don’t feel like I do at the time. Then a couple days later, I go back to it and I’m shocked to find it’s actually pretty good. It always needs some polishing, but it’s not as terrible as I imagined it was when I wrote it.

Earlier this year, I wanted to expand the genre I was writing in. Dark fantasy is a very small niche, and while I don’t think I can do light and bubbly, I still wanted to try something else to expand my readership. So first, I tried a short story that was more a paranormal thriller, and then I did a sci-fi thriller. I haven’t gotten many readers for those yet, but those who have read them loved them, so I think I did well in expanding a bit.

I’ve gotten a few readers of both stories tell me they’d love me to continue those stories in novels, so it’s a good sign that I’m heading in the right direction.

So I’ve decided instead of branding myself as a dark fantasy author, I might go with dark speculative fiction author. It makes more sense anyway, especially since even my fantasies have elements of science fiction. I do a lot of cross genre writing within the speculative fiction realm, so I think it’s a better description for my writing.

What about you? Have you experimented with anything new? How’s it working for you?


The co-hosts for the September posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!

 

 

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