As an indie author, or independent author (i.e. I do everyone myself when it comes to the business and writing aspects), I’ve been asked by several people how they can support my journey and other indies. Outside of buying our work, there are several ways that you can support your favorite self-published author. Here are four ways to love on them.
- Buy their book, preferably directly from the writer and don’t wait for a discount. One of the hardest things a writer can do is get paid for their craft, directly. When I say directly, I mean without something or somebody taking a piece of the pie (after taxes that is so IRS don’t come after me). Choosing to buy directly from that starving creative guarantees that they see more than 50 percent of the revenue. This may seem a bit confusing seeing that we keep also sell our books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other platforms but to be honest, we have to. Everyone won’t see this blog and for those who prefer to go through a larger distributor, we have to spread our words as far and as wide as we can. But for those of you who are reading this…ditch the big distributor and reach out to the writer.
- Leave a review or tell a friend. Another reason we must put our books on large distribution channels is to encourage and streamline reviews. Reviews are one of the most important actions you can take as a reader to support an author. We need honest and specific reviews to encourage others who you can write or even talk directly to take a chance on our book. Word of mouth changes the game for all companies and it’s the same for indie writers. Pass the word around.
- Follow them on their channels, including social media. This is an easy, quick and free way to support your favorite wordsmith. The great thing, and at times annoying feature to social media, is its like/share algorithm. When you follow or like someone’s post, the platform creates an algorithm to share out what you liked or shared with others in your community. In other words, like away and don’t forget to comment.
- Give the book to someone who could help. As I stated before, word of mouth is a powerful promotional effort. If you are able to get your favorite author’s words into the right hands, it could change that author’s life forever.
So, help an indie author out. We love what we do and if they are like me, we won’t stop because it’s our purpose.
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Do you ever run out of stuff to write about…yeah me neither but sometimes, I get tired of typing so I’m restarting my channel on YouTube. Yep that’s right, I’m sharing spur of the moment thoughts about all things pertaining to a writer’s life in hopefully under three minutes!
Check it out. Subscribe or just like a video or two. I hope to inspire you to keep pushing and letting the words flow. And maybe make you laugh a little along the way.
We’re almost a month out from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month goes from Nov. 1-30) and I’m reminiscing on what I’ve tried before–and what I didn’t–to see what I need to do this year.
A flashback from the archives…
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Last year I was out, but this year I’m dedicated to the mission. I’m signing up on the national website and getting my shit together to make this November my most productive writing month yet!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Share some of your successes and fails below.
The basic need of any writer includes one essential element — time. Time keeps us creating or it could stop the words from flowing. Time is so precious in the writing world that we all try to squeeze out as many words before it’s time for bed, or time for work, or time to cook dinner, or time to die.
Time is basically a writer’s fear factor; we’re scared to misuse it but know that fighting through that fear could change our lives.
Time is always on my mind. I’m always trying to do multiple things at once so I can squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of it. In writing, I’m trying to knock out 250-500 words while I figure out if I’m doing a blog post this week and wondering how many followers I’ve lost by not posting enough on social media.
Can I share something with Y’all? Here’s the real reason why time is so valuable to me; I lost my Mom months before her 50th birthday and I’m about to hit my 35th b.day (yeah that’s my baby pic when I was months old) and I know I haven’t done enough. I know you’re like “that’s a 15-year difference, so why are you even stressed about it now?” Well, because I don’t know when my time is up and I have so many stories to tell, so many lessons to teach my girls and some many more laughs to have with my loved ones. Honestly, I’m a bit obsessed with using my time wisely just based on what I’ve seen on t.v. or hear on the radio (yes I do still listen to the radio and you should too damnit!).
So I’ll admit it, Yes, I’m obsessed with time and getting as many books and stories out as I can and doing so that I can establish a career from those words.
Do you agree? Is time your basic need as a writer or is it something else? Tell me what you think.