The Life of a Debut Indie Author
Release day FINALLY happened. What was just an idea four years ago—has finally come to fruition. Granted, it was by my own hand, but that’s the choice you make the moment you decide to become a bonefide-can’t-eat-can’t-sleep-willing-to-do-whatever-it-takes “Indie Author”. And anyone who ever said taking-the-reigns on your writing career is the “easy road”, should have their friggin head examined.
Would I have pursued the traditional publishing route, if I knew then, what I know now? Perhaps. But no matter what, I stand by my choice to have 100% creative control over every aspect of my book—as well as maintaining all my rights. But when you’re a Type-A who’s an extremely detail-oriented perfectionist, and oh yeah, also a major control-freak, the Indie route is enough to make you pull your hair out most days. And don’t even get me started on the first greys I’ve found over the last two months from the stress!
But regardless of the struggles, the eighteen hour days, and the sleep deprivation, publishing my first novel has also been the most rewarding experience of my life. And it’s also been an unexpected learning experience. Even with a background in Marketing and PR, there was still no way to fully prepare myself. I’m sure I made a thousand mistakes during this grueling process, but hopefully that means on book two, I’ll only make five hundred.
I have no clue what the future holds for my debut Upper Young Adult / New Adult series. But I’ll be honest, I know the writing style, voice, and story, aren’t for everyone. And that’s okay. If half the people who read it enjoy it for what it was meant to be (a fast read that triggers all sorts of emotions), then I will consider it a success. My other books are completely different, but this particular story needed to be told exactly the way it is: from an organic first-person perspective.
Which brings me to where I am today: a few days after my first book was released. It’s a terrifying place to be, especially as I wait for the first reviews to start trickling in. Will this series make the New York Times Best Seller’s List? I honestly have no clue. But I’d be lying if I said I’m not crossing everything that’s crossable, hoping for it. So for now, I’m sitting here in my big-girl-panties, waiting for whatever comes my way. And this blog, will be my way to talk about my experiences—be they good, bad, or unbearably ugly.
I have big plans for the five series in my “working” folder—and I’m sure there will be many bumps along the way. But I can’t wait to share this journey with you. 🙂