Jan 23, 2017

My First Author-versary! (& Some Indie Publishing Advice)


January is a great month for me!  First of all, I'm turning 25 at the end of the month.  How grown up is that?  Second of all, this January marks one year since I published my first book for Amazon Kindle. That makes this month my author-versary!  Oh yeah!

I'm celebrating by reflecting on my indie publishing adventure and sharing a couple of pieces of advice from my own experiences.  Care to join me?

Some Advice for Future Indie Authors

Like the wise Shia LaBeouf once said, "Just do it!"


When it came to publishing my own work, I spent years agonizing over it.  I listened to self publishing podcasts and read self publishing blogs but I could never piece together everything in my mind that I needed to do in order to publish myself.  But then last January, I took the time to create a small piece of fiction and spent the time editing it.  I read over how to format word documents for kindle and I experimented.  That experiment became Get Over It, the first book in the Amelia Chronicles.

Is it perfect?  No.  But I'm proud of it anyway!  Over the course of the Spring I'm planning on editing and re-releasing the first 3 books of The Amelia Chronicles as full length novels, and not just novellas. I'll certainly have my work cut out for me.


Finishing is important


I've been writing since my early elementary school days and I never actually completed a novel until 2015.  What?!  I know, I know.  I'm not sure what my problem was, but I realized that fully outlining the novel first helped me make sure that I actually finished.  It feels good to actually finish, and finishing is the first step to publishing your own work.  The second step is editing!

Don't Give Up On Yourself


No one ever said writing was easy, so don't expect it to be.  You're going to have days where the words just aren't flowing how you would like them to and that's ok.  It really is.  Because you'll make up for it on other days.  Writing is a process that takes time and care, and you need to take care of yourself as well.  Don't give up!  Ever. :)

Take care,
Marian

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