Why This Indie Author is Trying to Boss Up

I’ve learned a lot over this pass year after releasing my first two books through indie channels. And I’m no longer scared to say that I’ve partnered with Createspace to print my paperbacks and to get ebooks on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (I’ve heard that’s a no-no to say in the indie world). But what I didn’t realize is that I would have to give half my soul in order to do so.

Now, all those channels are great channels, and must haves for any author; but this author is tired of getting the preverbable rug pull from under her.

I don’t write for money, but when I decided to put out my two pieces I figured, why the hell not. Let’s see if they can take you somewhere financially.

After investing in editors, a cover designer, copywriting and all those other necessities for getting a book ready for publication, I decided to go with Createspace since they seemed to have a one-stop shop set up. Which was a good idea because I wasn’t going to hand press and bind these books. Hell naw!

But here’s the downside: Createspace, plus the channels they are connected with, all take a piece of your creative pie. They provide you a service and/or platform to sell your book and as payment for their gracious display of book love, they take a nice chunk out of your sales. More like, they eat the whole thing and then spit out crumbs for you.

So here’s the breakdown: For my latest release, Like. Love. Lust., priced at $15.99 with color artwork and 67 pages, Createspace takes 53%; Amazon takes 72%; and expanded channels 92% of my damn pie. They give a very “thorough” reason for this royalty system, but this indie author wants—hell needs—more of my pie.

Since I need these channels, I decided not to pull my book, but to open my own book shop, i.e. Shop Passion-Fy, to try to take some of my book business power back. Yes, I have to pay to hold the domain and run the shop, and yes I have to ship everything on my own, but there is still a greater chance of it benefiting me, the writer and creator, in the end. This boss is bossing up, at least until a publisher is ready to lock me up. And if this turns out to not be the right move, I’ll shut it down and move a different way. Like I’ve told you in an early post there’s really no formula for any indie writer.

So if you’re into supporting this amazing craft and want to do so through my store, please use code VDAY17 to save 20% off your first order from Shop Passion-Fy.

Are you are writer or creator who has had to boss up too? Share and let me know how it’s going. Tell me what’s been working for you.

“Untraditional” is now available!

I want to thank all my readers for stopping by and taking time out your day to read my words. I am ecstatic to share with you that my first book, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories, is now available!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably ran into a couple of the book’s excerpts like:Untraditional

And now it’s available on Createspace, Amazon, Amazon Kindle and Lulu (if you want to read it in your iBooks library). If you want an autographed, personalize copy just email me at midwyfecrisis@gmail.com.

I am so excited about this moment and I plan to live in it as long as I can. I hope that this piece makes you feel something whether it’s excitement, enticement, passion, anger, frustration or any emotion.

Thank you for coming with me on this journey, and there is so much more to come…

With passion, DNC

It’s On: Book Title and Release Date

So world, it’s time. I’m so ready to let you guys into my world even more than I already have. But I have great news and not-bad-but-not-totally-great news. Which one do you want first?

Ok I’m tired of waiting on your response. 🙂

Let’s start with the latter (not-bad-but-not-totally-great-news) I’m pushing my book release date back to February 2016 — Valentine’s day weekend to be exact. Yes I know, I said I wanted to bring it out for my birthday (November) but I’ve realized that I’ve got be a little more patient.  I know with this additional wait I’m going to give y’all something you’re really going to enjoy…at least I hope so. Patience is key.

So now that that’s out of the way, let’s take about the great news!

I’m excited to announce the title and give you a sneak peek of my book.

Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-FY Short Stories by DNC
So what do you think? Read more about the book on its new page Book: Untraditional.

I’m super excited that the finish line is right around the corner and I’m very humble by all the guidance I’ve receive along this path. I want to give a S/O to my amazing cover designer Mike Lancette who brought my vision to life. You’re amazing man!

Since I have a few extra months before the release, and I know you’re probably like “but can she write”, I will be dropping excerpts from my book up until it’s release. I truly hope you take a chance on a new, engaging and creative writer because this ride is only the beginning and I want you all to enjoy this journey with me. Oh and don’t forget to like my fan page DNC.

TTYS ~DNC

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