Hello to all of my indie author friends! The time has come around for another Indie Life post — a chance for independent authors to exchange tips, offer encouragement and chat about all the crazy components of indie author life.
I missed Indie Life last month because I was in Kona, Hawaii, having a wonderful (if a bit crowded w/ 15 family members) vacation. It was a blast! I didn’t do a lick of writing while away. Not a single key pressed. Awesome, eh?
This brings me to what I want to talk about today, because it is one of the most crucial things to remember, for me at least. 🙂
There. I said it.
Our indie author paths are our own. There’s no road map here, people. Anyone who tells you they know exactly how to do this is lying, or out of touch. So much has changed in the past two years as I’ve set my indie author course — we are living in a new world of publishing. And who knows what new developments the next couple of years will bring.
Be flexible; think ahead; and keep on moving.
Roadblocks will also crop up. I had one hit me last month, when the cover artist I’d been working with since 2011 let me know she was no longer doing custom covers. It forced a decision I’d been putting off, hoping I wouldn’t have to worry about it until 2014. When the roadblock occurred, I HAD to deal with it before I could get back to the parts of this gig that I really love.
So, I flipped the switch, dove in, and emerged with new covers for my romance series, and probably a whole new blog look before the end of the year. Awesome! Now I won’t have to make those decisions in 2014.
I’m glad I didn’t find a patch fix to get me through…sometimes you have to be FLEXIBLE.
What I really wanted to do when I returned from Hawaii was finish and publish a book — but the book and series are stronger for the time spent finding a new artist and having new covers made. Now I have covers in hand for the final book in the series, and the omnibus edition that will bring all five novellas together. Kellie Dennis, at Book Cover by Design
, was SUPER to work with, and I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a cover artist.
Best of luck with the fall season, writers! Take care!
And remember…this is a blog hop!