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Indie Author Advises to “Just Do It”

I’ve been featuring guest bloggers who’ve had some success with self-publishing, in print and with ebooks. Some have been traditionally published and others have ventured out as indie authors. By having many authors writing in various genres around the world speak about the publishing experience and sharing helpful tips, hopefully their insights and suggestions will smooth out your road to success.

Today’s guest post is by author Dan Holloway from the UK:

I took the decision to self-publish at the start of 2009, when I started the Year Zero Writers collective with a group of other writers of literary and experimental fiction looking for the freedom to write the kind of books they wanted. In the three years since then self-publishing has changed in quantum measures, and my own writing has moved beyond literary fiction, spanning genres from thrillers to lyric poet while the format in which I self-published has encompassed ebooks, paperbacks, and specially produced editions. It’s been a ride by turn exhilarating and infuriating, but one thing has never changed–the progress that can be made by knowing what it is you want to achieve and politely, but with a sense that you belong, getting on with it. It’s also been the one thing that seems to characterize everyone else who’s made strides on their journey–they have (to paraphrase a well-known sports brand) just done it. Continue Reading…

A Successful Indie Author Gives Tips for Introverts

Over a number of months I’ll be featuring guest bloggers who’ve had some success with self-publishing, in print and with ebooks. Some have been traditionally published and others have ventured out as indie authors. By having many authors writing in various genres around the world speak about the publishing experience and sharing helpful tips, hopefully their insights and suggestions will smooth out your road to success.

Today’s guest post is by author Donna McDonald from KY:

As a writer, I am a natural introvert who uses writing a story to escape from real life. It’s one of my favorite author perks. In full introvert mode, everyone in my life watches me burrow down into the writing, the characters, and what is going on in my head. But how do readers find the books of introverted writers like myself, who just want to set them free in the sales channel ether of the Internet and cross their fingers? Continue Reading…

A Year in the Life of Indie Publishing

Over a number of months I’ll be featuring guest bloggers who’ve had some success with self-publishing, in print and with ebooks. Some have been traditionally published and others have ventured out as indie authors. By having many authors writing in various genres around the world speak about the publishing experience and sharing helpful tips, hopefully their insights and suggestions will smooth out your road to success.

Today’s guest post is by author Gillian Hamer from the UK:

It took a long time for me to make the move into independent publishing. A mixture of stigma and snobbery, I guess. But over the past two years there has, I feel, been a gradual shift in the publishing world. More and more writers whose talents I’ve long admired shifted over to independent publishing with differing levels of success. Even agents are now finding ways to court the new explosion in independent publishing. The dinosaurs will soon be extinct–wishing they’d bothered to accept e-mail submissions and not only paper-written 12-point Times New Roman font and double spaced with accompanying synopsis and SASE–and the savvy agents and publishers will soon learn to adapt and move with the times. Continue Reading…

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