I've always admired writers who publish their own work. I've been relatively lucky when it comes to finding a publisher, but I may not find one for When Angels Mourn, my ninth Tamara Hayle Mystery. It could be that no publisher wants to publish one book of an eight-book series. There have also been too many years between book eight, Blood and Sorrow, and this new one. In between, I did write two paranormal romances, When the Night Whispers and The Moon Tells Secrets, under my penname Savanna Welles, but those don't count. Whatever the reason, I may push forward on my own and "go indie." The question is, where does one begin?
There are many writers who have successfully self-published books. There are also hundreds of guides with steps to self-publishing, some more helpful that others. I've found postings by writer Joanna Penn and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) to be good sources of information.
Self-published writer-friends are also important.
I'm a great fan of L. Penelope, (http://www.lpenelope.com,) an indie author who writes amazing paranormal and fantasy novels. Her website is truly an inspiration. "Set goals and do a little each week," she advised me, and I'm taking her advice. Also K.P. Carter, (www.kpcarterwrites.com,) a self-published writer and former student, who writes terrific children's books has offered encouraging words. Adam Cruz is on the verge of self-publishing his first book, "Free the Music Business: Tips & Tales from an Indie Music Nerd", and I'm really looking forward to that.
But what I really love about the possibility of self-publishing is reviewing my book at each stage of its development--from choosing the cover to reaping the benefits. I like consulting experts to help with editing, proofreading and design. I like the idea of believing in myself enough to try something new--for better or worse—and of being in control. One rule everyone I've talked to agrees about is the most important thing to remember when going indie is a simple one.
Write A Good Book!
I believe I've done that with When Angels Mourn. I've attached the first chapter. I'll let you know when my new book goes into print can be bought on-line. Wish me luck!
Click here to read Chapter 1 of When Angles Mourn