Thursday, March 23, 2017

Indie Doesn't Mean Alone with Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Hello! I have Morgan Elizabeth Huneke here to talk about the awesomeness that is the Indie community.

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.

Or not.

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.


  1. "We may be indie authors, but we’re not alone." <--- This was great! Loved this post, Morgan, thank you for sharing <3.

    ~ Savannah

  2. *reaches out from New Zealand* heeelllpp

  3. Thanks for sharing this encouragement and advice, Morgan. It's something I'm going to have to keep in mind as I figure out where my writing journey is taking me.

  4. You are right. We are unique in our journey and our needs. Support is so important for any author and especially an indie author. I am not sure what I would do without friends to come alongside and cheer or console me at different points in my journey. Also, I love doing the same for others.

  5. Thanks, Morgan. I do feel as though it's hard to connect in the right way. Loneliness is real, and even if it's a lie, it can be a hindrance. Strange how in this world of internet it's still difficult to connect. Or perhaps the problem is being heard amid all the noise...


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