Indie authors are great people and more than willing to help each other out with tweets and posts. We are all in it together. Trying to make our way in the indie publishing world. Making mistakes, putting it right, making decisions, changing our minds and changing them again.
There are some awesome sites and groups who enthusiastically promote indie writers and many willing to give advice. I love the indie author community.
Sometimes the decisions indie authors have to make are about money. Can I afford to work on my book instead of doing another shift at work? Can I afford to have a professional edit done or cover created? Can I afford a domain name for my blog? Whilst others are about how much time you can spare to work on your writing or whether you can safely leave the laundry another day without anyone noticing the pile up.
Indie authors rarely get money up front for their book and have to spend a lot of time advertising it one way or another.
I read a brilliant thing the other day, but I have no idea where I saw it or who wrote it. It said Indie authors have to be one part writer, one part editor and one part entrepreneur. I’m sure when many of us started out this is not what we were expecting.
This is the part that I find the hardest. Advertising my book and being so enthusiastic about it that people will buy it. I’m naturally self critical although I have learnt to accept that I’m probably never going to achieve perfection.
Promoting a book the traditional way requires some hefty resources and a lot of effort, almost as much as writing the book itself. I know that I don’t have the money to launch a big “Wow! Coming soon to a bookstore near you!” promotion and so have been investigating other ways. I am going to start trying them out and see how they work.
So I had this idea that us Indie authors could help each other out a little more. A mutually beneficial arrangement.
I have often seen it suggested that an indie author should put the first chapter of another of their books at the end of the main story. They could also insert links to their websites and twitter profile and leave a little message for the reader and I think these are all great ideas.
But what if we got together and promoted each other in the back of our books? Put in the blurb and cover picture for another author with a link to their ebook? In return they do the same for you.
So I have another book coming out soon (You’ve probably noticed my lack of ability to shut up about it on the blog) and I plan to update my previous books over the coming weeks. If anyone would like in on my idea, for me to add details about their book in the back of one of mine, get in touch.
Update on the Book
I know that this blog hasn’t been about my current project and I hope you will forgive the deviation. I have had to take a break recently from working on the book and this is why there have been a shortage of blogs over the past couple of months. I am getting back to work now.
I have chosen a great artist to create the front cover for me and once it is done you will get a preview on my blog. I have also decided that to (hopefully) improve the story I am going to make this book into a novella with a few surprises that I’m not going to reveal just yet!
I hope that you all have a great week and don’t forget if you are close to publishing and want to swap adverts let me know.
- The Indie Problem (mikeverett.wordpress.com)
- Determined & Unashamed. (melainarayne.wordpress.com)
- Restless Revolutionaries | The Rise of Indie Brands (phillipqgangan.wordpress.com)