Morgan is my writing partner and knows about 50% of my spoilers. Or, rather, about 50% of the spoilers that interest her. She doesn't know yet that ------------------- or ----------------------. She's rather frustrated that she doesn't know --------------- yet. She's also to blame for the tear-jerking Rizkaland #3 that you're going to get. She's a great author in her own right, too. I've read all of her books, and liked all of them, though my favorite is definitely her Time Captives Trilogy.
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Indie. Independent. Alone.
When you first start out as an indie author—especially if you’re new to the world of the internet like I was—you might feel very alone. You might feel like you have to do everything all by yourself. After all, by going indie, you’re forgoing having someone else do all the publishing work for you. But indie does not mean alone.
I’m an independent author and I don’t intend to change, but truly, it’s more like what Hermie said in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer… “Let’s be independent together.”
You don’t have to do everything yourself. I didn’t create the cover for my first book. I asked a friend to help. I don’t do all the editing myself. My family and friends help me edit. I definitely don’t promote my books all by myself. The community of indie authors helps me out.
There are a lot of indie authors out there—some of them fairly well known, some very much not, and everywhere in between—and the community is constantly growing. The great thing about this community is how supportive it is. We’re always helping each other out, whether it’s through beta reading, helping with formatting and cover design, answering questions, pointing each other towards resources and services, participating in blog tours, writing reviews, and just being friends with each other. Yes, sometimes we have to say no because there’s only so much time in the day (one of these days I’m going to take my own advice and move to Mars for that extra hour ;) ), but often we’ll still be able to offer you another solution or help in a lesser capacity. We like to help each other get started, because once upon a time someone did the same thing for us.
How can you become a part of this indie author community? You’re in a great place to start, here with Indie e-Con. Follow our blogs and comment on posts, follow our social media pages, join Goodreads author and fan groups, and start making friends. We’ll welcome you gladly. I’ve made some of my best friends through the indie author community.
You don’t have to do this alone. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to have all the skills necessary to create and market your book yourself. Just ask.
We may be indie authors, but we’re not alone.