Behind the Scenes of Indie Publishing

Behind the Scenes of Indie Publishing

Welcome to YABC's behind the scenes look at the world of indie publishing. Independent publishing and self-publishing have had a bad rap in the past, but exciting things are happening within the industry and we're going to be talking about everything you never knew about indie publishing. In the past self-pubbing was kind of a back-up plan. An option to take when every other avenue to publishing was closed after your exhaustive efforts to "get published." Now, self-publishing is a viable option many authors choose to pursue. Check us out every month for more on what it means to be indie. But first up, what should you know before you begin your adventure as an author? Indie author, Michelle Lynn has some tips for you.

Melissa A. Craven

YABC Indie Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

 

BTS meme

 

 

So, You’ve Decided to Write an Indie Book

By: Michelle Lynn, YABC Staff Reviewer

So, you’ve decided to write an indie book. That’s wonderful! Good for you. You've made the first step in an incredibly long, yet rewarding process. A process that will knock you down and make you question everything you know. If you don’t constantly ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” then you’re one of the lucky ones.

Here’s a secret only known by the authors who figure out the answer to that inevitable question. And no, it isn’t that you just want to see your name in print, or that you feel like people should hear what you have to say, or even that you need the money. The real answer to the “Why” for most fiction authors is that we just can’t imagine doing anything else.

If that’s already your answer, you’re ahead of the game and I’m proud of you. So proud of you, in fact, that I’m going to share five things you need to consider now that you’ve decided writing is a need, rather than just a want.

  1. Temper your expectations – writing an indie book isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, most of the time it’s not a get-rich-at-all scheme. Yes, we’ve all heard of the rare few authors like JK Rowling, who is richer than the queen of England. We know Stephen King is rolling in it and James Patterson is one of the most recognizable names in literature. In reality, most authors never quit their day jobs. That’s not a reflection of their writing, just the flooded market and the low price of ebooks. You could write the most brilliant book in the world, and I hope you do, but always remember to keep your expectations realistic. Writing is a long-term slog, not a short-term sprint to fame and fortune.
  2. Choose your genre deliberately – but remember this can always change in the course of your career. I’m on my third genre with my current series and love the challenge that brings. You need to know your genres and what to expect from each. Each genre has its pros and cons but it’s a good idea to know them and their audiences before you set out on your journey to become an author.
  3. Publishing – there are three avenues to publishing, and each have their benefits – traditional publishing, indie publishing, and self-publishing. Not everyone separates indie and self-publishing. We'll be talking about the differences between these options later in this blog series. But it is important to do your homework and learn what your options are. The publishing world is an ever-changing beast and you don’t want to be left behind.
  4. Editing – this is a big one. Educate yourself on the mechanics of writing now, as you begin your journey to becoming a writer. Are you going to meticulously outline your story, or are you going to wing it? Are you going to write in first person? Third person? Past tense? Present? Do you understand how to write and punctuate successful dialogue? Do you understand passive voice? The list is endless and it can be daunting to learn what you're doing wrong when you don't know what you don't know. Any editor worth their salt will catch your mistakes, but the fewer mistakes an editor has to catch, the more likely they will be able to help you finalize your draft into the professional polished manuscript you set out to write. Just because it’s inevitable for first time writers to make mistakes doesn’t mean you shouldn't try to avoid making them.
  5. Just write! – get on with it. No one is going to write the story for you. This is on you. You can believe with every fiber of your being that you have a magnificent book within you, just dying to get out. But if you don’t hop to it, then it’s just wasted talk.

So here it is. If you can’t imagine doing anything else, I’m happy for you. You’re entering an incredible world where you’ll meet amazing people, which is probably the best part! Writing a book is a phenomenon I wish everyone could experience. Once you start writing, everything around you becomes a possible story. The smallest things can be inspiring, and who wouldn’t want to be inspired every day?

 

 

Rate this blog entry:
Featured Review: The Women in the Walls by Amy Luk...
Author Of The Week: Chat with Amy Lukavics (The Wo...

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Eden Conquered
The electrifying conclusion to the Dividing Eden series by the...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)
Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45,...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Dark_Flowers_C_Brooke_FC_01.jpg
DARK FLOWERS is the multi award-winning novel by Caytlyn Brooke...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans
Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
And She Was
Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie....
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Lifeline
Popular high school senior Eli Ross has the perfect...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Brightly Burning
Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
A Pain Less Ordinary
Becca's life is anything but ordinary. At fifteen, she's...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
The tragic lives of Henry VIII and his six...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Junction 2020 Book 1: The Portal
New Year's Eve, 2019. Mari Stratton attends a New...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Summer Constellations
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Begin a fantastic journey with our hero, the Warrior from...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fairy Mom and Me
From the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series and the...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Picture Us in the Light
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Dark Breaks the Dawn
 
5.0
"In DARK BREAKS THE DAWN, Evelayn is the future queen of the Light Kingdom. As expected, she must prepare for..."
Eden Conquered
 
3.0
"EDEN CONQUERED by Joelle Charbonneau is the second book in a duology about royal twins competing for the throne. When..."
Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)
 
4.7
"This book picks up shortly after where Ignite Me ended. Juliette is having trouble adjusting to the demands of her..."
Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans
 
5.0
"SAMANTHA SPINNER AND THE SUPER SECRET PLANS takes you on a historical adventure as Sam and her brother Nipper search..."
True Born
 
3.7
"TRUE BORN follows Lucy and her twin Margot as they deal with the drama and politics of a post-apocalyptic world...."
And She Was
 
3.0
"If the authors intention was to help non-transgendered peoples understand transgendered people, I think that was accomplished. I..."
Sky in the Deep
 
5.0
"No comment."
Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3)
 
4.0
"Picking up right where book #2’s cliffhangery ending left off, Garth Nix brings us the satisfying conclusion to his Abhorsen..."
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
 
4.3
"“… with hard work, perseverance, and a love of math, anything was possible.” Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson,..."
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
 
4.7
"“Women and girls have been sharing things up for a long time, resisting those who would box them in.” ..."
The Queen Of The Tearling (The Tearling Trilogy, #1)
 
4.0
"An exceptional middle-fantasy debut, keyed to a New Adult audience. Kelsea is an unremarkable orphaned girl, long kept..."
The Selection
 
5.0
" The Selection by Kiera Cass is unlike any book I’ve ever read. Reminiscent of The Bachelor in setup, but..."
Fairy Mom and Me
 
4.5
"Ella has the coolest mom ever because she's a fairy. Magic and all. The best part? Ella will be a..."
Picture Us in the Light
 
4.7
"Danny Cheng appears to have it all--a tight-knit group of friends, a full ride to his school of choice, artistic..."
Oshun Rising: Trinity Forest Book 2
 
4.0
"The story: Ember Trouve, missing for three years in Trinity Forest, has been “rebirthed”, in the form of a..."
Time Tracers
 
5.0
"Taj is confused when he wakes up to what's supposed to be the first day of summer break, but instead,..."
Screenshot
 
3.3
"Asha, Emma, and Skye have been best friends for years, but things have been different lately. Skye is only worried..."
Better Together (Heartwood Hotel, #3)
 
5.0
"When Mr. Heartwood takes a break, Mona the maid feels like she needs to step up to make sure nothing..."
Stealing Liberty
 
5.0
"This is a book that you wish you could just sit down and read without interruption! Keeps you..."
Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express
 
4.3
"SAME BUT DIFFERENT by twins Ryan Elizabeth Peete & RJ Peete is told in alternating narratives and loosely based on..."