The nice thing about being an indie fiction author is that pretty much anything goes. Yes, my editor does a lot of work trimming and shaping my manuscript so it doesn’t sound like a twelve-year-old wrote it, but as far as content – I can be creative and innovative. The more creative, the better.
I’ve been working with high schoolers who have a desire to write, and some of them have expressed that it’s hard to get into writing because they get so hung up on rules. I completely understand that. I was there once. Certainly basic rules of grammar and punctuation are important, and admittedly I need help from my editor in this area. As much as I want these kids to throw out the rules and be creative – I have emphasized that it’s crucial they have a good foundation in proper grammar.
But that’s just one area of writing. What about marketing? What about those rules? A friend posted an article about all the things a writer “must do” before a book launch. You can imagine the comments that followed. Some agreed; some disagreed, at least with some of the points. When I read the article, my first thought was “I totally screwed up.” Can you imagine coming off a book release (that was less-than-impressive), reading this article, and realizing it was too late to follow these tips? The only thing that helped was knowing I can do things a lot differently with my next book.
As much as I cringe when I see articles titled “You MUST do this” or “10 mistakes new authors make” or the like, I have to admit sometimes following these proven tips is smart. I’m not too proud to say I’ve failed in some areas. This whole game is a learning process. I’ve been a CPA for almost 19 years and I still learn new things every year.
I think a part of me resisted doing what every other author does (making graphics, establishing a newsletter, blogging, etc) – due to inexperience or pure laziness – but now I know better. I’m listening to the seasoned indie authors and doing my homework. And as I begin writing Never Change – my third book – I’m already making plans of how to do things differently.
That’s not to say I’ve given up on marketing my first two books! I believe in these books and have had great feedback on both of them. Why don’t you see for yourself? My Faithfully Yours series, about the romance between a California girl and a London rocker, is available on Kindle or paperback. and is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
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