Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Welcome to my sanctuary everyone, whether you are a reader, writer, blogger, “Doors” aficionado or something else. As you see by the title, my post is doing double duty again, but what the heck? I’ve always been a multi-tasker. I’ve had too many challenges and bad dreams lately, so you’ll see that the inside of my mind is a rundown looking mess (the images).
The topic on my author mind today is Being Indie. I’ve wanted to write this post since the moment a couple of months ago when my neighbor asked me this question:
“We know that you write books and take care of your house… But what do you DO all day?”
I was so stunned by the huge emphasis on “do” that I honestly didn’t have a good reply. Although, I didn’t really get an opening to try and explain anyway. Many of you are authors and so, know the answer to this question. However, if you are not, then this post is a…
Door to Being Indie
If you look up a definition, “An indie book is any book published by an independent publisher. Any publisher outside the “Big 5” (Hachette, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster), and their many, many imprints, is considered an independent publisher.” Independent publishers are sometimes independent people. Authors who choose not to contract with a publisher are indie authors.
Not very long ago I saw an author post her definition of a “true indie” as someone who did all the aspects of book publishing from, writing through the upload and release, themself. By her definition, I am a true indie.
Although, what does that really mean? It means that I have to find my way to a lot of doors, and then open them. When I was no longer able to continue my editing career with the government, I became a fulltime author — an indie author. I don’t have a set daily schedule, but it covers a lot more than sitting at my computer, blithely typing for a few minutes a day (as many people seem to think).
As an independent, each of my days includes multiple hours spent on each of most of the following tasks. During the course of a week, all are certainly covered:
Trying to shut out most of the endless stream of ideas. (Yes, I know that doesn’t apply to everyone, but it’s part of my day.) Making notes for the ones that are irresistible. Fact checking. Research. Social networking and other forms of marketing. Blogging visits and writing comments. Writing blog posts. Answering blog comments. More research (even for fantasy). Editing. Actually writing. More editing. Finding suitable images. Creating images for promotions, blog posts, and book covers. Editing images and formatting them to specific purposes. Formatting manuscripts. Proofreading. More editing. More proofreading. More shameless self-promotion. Finally, more actual writing. And more… There’s always more.
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Speaking of shameless self-promotion… The final Journey of “Dead of Winter” is now available. It’s not too late to become part of the Journeys. Especially if you were waiting for all of them to be published.
Thanks for opening this door. Hugs on the wing!
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Universal Purchase Links for Dead of Winter: Journey 14, The Veil
Journey 14, The Veil
Journey 13, The Harbor
Journey 12, Goddesses
Journey 11, the Sumelazon Escarpment
Journey 10, Pergesca
Journey 9, Doors of Attunement
Journey 8, The Lost Library
Journey 7, Revenant Pass
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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