Yeah…I really don’t think there is one, sorry. But don’t go just yet, I’m sure I can cobble together some words of wisdom for anyone staring out as an Indy author. Oh wait…I’m still starting out, forget that. You can go and do something much more interesting than read my musings.
Still here? OK, fab 🙂 I’m not a newbie, even if I feel like I am. It’s been two years and I have nine books out, which are all doing rather well, THANK YOU! I understand from chatting with others that there has been a change in the market…a significant change even.
It’s possible. I haven’t been around ling enough to even give a best guess but I don’t buy into the recent doom and gloom of the indy market. Mostly because I wasn’t around for the so-called Golden era so for me it is what it is. You write, you publish and you hope to get enough people to read and enjoy, that they spread the word. I’ve hit the amazon best seller list several times in specific categories I must add (authors will know what this means lol), even so, it’s still frickin’ amazing but mostly my sales curve…is organic…incremental and is a slowly slow-catchy-monkey kind of growth.
“If you write it, they will…ahem 😉 ”
What never fails to impress me though, is the sense of community, readers and authors alike, yes there’s drama llamas but I recently launched my latest book and had some HUGE authors take time out of their day to support me…I was beyond humbled.
Honestly, from the get-go, that has been my experience and I am so grateful it is, because I’m a sensitive flower (with a filthy mind) and a glutton for punishment, for example, as much as I know I shouldn’t…I…on dark days, go to Goodreads and read all the bad reviews on my books…I know, I know, I shouldn’t especially as Julia Roberts said so astutely in Pretty Woman.
“It’s easier to believe the bad stuff.”
So when I saw this meme, it not only made me laugh but I think I shall print it out and pin it on my wall. Don’t get me wrong low ratings are inevitable and necessary because not everyone reads the same book. I’ve one clicked a book based solely on the 1 star…saying utter pornography haha…
But some are downright mean…and although I never will, I do often want to ask what someone takes away from tearing into something with such venom and vitriol, something that I’m pretty sure was only ever meant to entertain. Not speaking about any of mine in this instance, so no need to get on a warpath for my benefit…nothing good comes from that…No my personal grrr is the ones without comments at all…Really???
Still as my Gran would say…”nowt so queer as folk.”
Oh…I started writing again this week…New book…not just my shopping list 😉