The journey to becoming a self-published author – How to and how NOT to
I began my journey as an indie (independent, aka self-published) author in 2008. Having begun a new job that was a definite step back in chaos, I found myself bored. But I refused to be one of “those” front desk girls: looking bored while flipping through a magazine etc.
Instead it occurred to me, given I was already chained to a computer — why not make the most of it? And that is how my foray into self-publishing began.
Over ten years later and there are many things I would do differently now. Aside from the fact that I was ahead of the game (Amazon started accepting self-published ebooks in 2007, with the introduction of its nifty new device, the Kindle) so had it easy in many aspects (not hard to be #1 when the pool of books was minimal…), I didn’t approach anything particularly logically; as you discover once you’ve muddled your way through something new a couple of times.
The Indie Chronicles is going to be a series of blog posts designed for people who:
- Want to write and self-publish
- Are writing and ready to self-publish
- Have self-published but would like to look at their methods
- Are self-published and are interested in seeing different approaches to it
Each month I’ll be aiming to publish at least one blog piece that will ideally assist any of the above creators in making logical and practical decisions for themselves in this ever evolving indie world.
The key mantra being: Keep it Simple