Consider me a self-publishing convert. I know, I know. In the past, I’ve been hard on self-published writers, opting for traditional methods toward publication. But not because I didn’t admire their dreams. Heck, I live by the creed:
WISH IT. DREAM IT. DO IT.
And I have nothing but respect for anyone who dreams up a new life for themselves and then chases that dream. My problem is when they don’t care enough about their “dream,” or their reader’s hard-earned dollar, to use spell-check.
But renowned indie-author, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, has shown me the “other” side of the self-pub world: the side that believes in QUALITY and will work hard to ensure nothing less. To prove this, Hutchins spent the summer holed-up in an RV with various members of her family, and embarked on a 60-Day/60-City book tour in support of her new e-book, Leaving Annalise.
And today, I learned all about her unique adventure and the valuable lessons in e-publishing and e-marketing she learned on the road, courtesy of Houston Writer’s Guild, who organized the all-day workshop.
Out of respect to Hutchins, I won’t share her how-to’s on this blog, but I will tell you this:
INDIE PUBLISHING = AUTHORPRENEURSHIP
If you are an Authorpreneur (and this includes you, Dreamers, who have sinister fantasies you secretly wish would earn you $95-million), then develop your “dreams” like you would any business — with research, funding, networking, and marketing — because publishing a successful e-book is a business. YOUR business. And hopefully, eventually, your career.
If you must, start with a business plan and a projected timeline. Don’t trust Mom to be honest (you could write, “Gobbledy-gook blop booger-eaters,” and she would love it). Instead, hire professional editors who will wrangle your manuscript into publishing shape. Also, locate a group of beta-readers who will find any last-minute spelling mistakes.
Then, when you’re ready, there are several available options for getting your perfected, polished novel to the masses via Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.
But getting onto the shelves at Barnes & Noble… whew! That’s a whole other story.