Once Upon an Indie.

Indie, Hybrid, Traditional.

Sounds more like different types of cars, not authors.

After I finished writing my first full novel, Ivy (a paranormal romance) in 2013, I had no idea what to do next. Submit it to agents? Try to publish it myself? Look for one of the many small publishing companies out there? It was overwhelming.

REALLY overwhelming.

I’d heard a lot of nightmare stories from indie authors about how they’d been royally screwed over by editors, cover artists, publishers, agents.  On the flipside, I’d also heard amazing stories about brilliant companies to work with.

It was hard to know what the right route for me was.

Traditional publishing ended up not being for me. It didn’t feel right. I was already so far outside of my comfort zone with trying to get publishing, I decided not to make it harder on myself.

And to me, that’s the most important part of the journey.

Find what works for you.

It’s your writing path–no one else’s.

As a general rule, I don’t believe in giving author advice. Advice on writing is always best taking with a grain of salt because everyone has their opinions.

And those opinions will quite frequently conflict with another author’s advice.

There are two things I think every indie/hybrid author should know: 1. professional covers are essential. 2. research your editor before hiring them.

I’ve heard so many nightmare stories about authors getting taken by disreputable editors when a little bit of research could’ve saved them a lot of hassle and money. Ask around. Talk to other authors whose work is well edited.

When I started looking around for an editor, I looked at a couple different companies before discovering someone I already knew had started an editing company–Hot Tree Editing. They were brilliant. Worked with me…and were understanding when I didn’t always get things and had questions. (Fun #actuallyautistic fact: I struggle with instructions A LOT.)

It was a no-brainer for me to submit After the Scrum when Becky decided to start Hot Tree Publishing to them. I trusted Hot Tree. And…dealing with everything as an indie was so stressful. Traditional publishing didn’t feel like my path, but the more hybrid route fit me perfectly, mostly because of the incredible women who support me and my writing.

I suppose this long rambling post is mostly to say–write your own way and publish in a way that works for you.

And avoid comparing your path to others.

What about you?

Are you an indie, hybrid, or traditionally published author?

 

Self-Publishing: What I’ve Learned So Far

Very, very true.

J.J. Stone

When I decided I would write a book, I had a general idea of what it would take to accomplish that: a computer, a few months, and an editor. About halfway through the process of writing my first draft, I started to think about how I would share this story once it was done. To self-publish or not to self-publish? That was the question.

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The Origins of the Story.

Replacements1Ivy started life as a very fascinating dream that I had two or three years ago.  I’d been playing a lot of Splinter Cell and watching Strike Back.  And I had this amazing dream one night about a young woman being rescued by two incredibly hot special ops men.

It plagued me for a year that it would make a great story.  I finally decided last year to make it my NaNoWriMo novel.  For the first time in a long time, I actually managed to finish NaNo.  A few friends read the story and encouraged me to edit it, intensively and consider dipping my feet into the ocean of indie publishing.

Now, I have no idea how my rather simple dream morphed into a complicated intriguing tale of a widowed photographer who finds herself caught up in a complex web of shifters, terrorists and human traffickers.  But, I’m sure Ivy, the main character, will forgive me, eventually.

For the writers out there, where did your great idea spring from?  And for readers, what’s the oddest dream that you’ve ever had?