I have been an indie author for the past three years. Being a writer was a lifelong dream that came to fruition when my son asked me to write him a book he could read. At the time I began the Legends of Orkney series, independent publishing was really taking off. It offered unlimited opportunity to publish your work without having to break through the hallowed gatekeepers of publishing. I didn¹t yet know very much about the publishing industry, garnering reviews, marketing, even who my real target audience was. Needless to say, it was a steep learning curve.
Since then, I have become well-versed in the business side of writing, and how much writing is really about rewriting. So often an aspiring writer finally completes that long dreamed about manuscript and is sure it is going to be the next big thing. I¹ve learned the hard way that what it takes to be a real author is perseverance. A willingness to revisit your work and hammer it over and over again until it resembles something worthy of print. If I could go back to the beginning, I would delay my first book and work longer on editing it, but I didn¹t know then what it needed. Now three books into the series, I feel like my third book more fully represents the writer I want to be.
I am so grateful for the experiences I’ve had being independently published because it¹s forced me to learn every aspect of the business. Publishing is changing rapidly and being traditionally published is not always the boon it once was. Being able to know and understand the business side allows me to choose my path forward and know that regardless of the platform I choose, it will always be about the quality of the writing.