Oh, come on. You guys know me. Once I finish a manuscript, I have to have some sort of annual rambling post. So this is me and my musings for the day/week/possibly month. I have come across several new awesome indie authors in the past few weeks, and though we haven’t spoken much, I have had a few ask me for advice.
I wanted to take the opportunity to give said advice from the POV of a small town girl with no lack of imagination.
Rule #1. First and foremost:
Rome was not built in a day. When you hit publish, don’t expect for everyone to pile on the reviews for you all at once. It will happen, but give it time.
Sometimes you’re going to get stressed. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Step back. Take a breather. Come back in a day..or a week.
Start a facebook fan page.
Not only are they fun, but people will flock to your page to learn more about you and your works. Readers like to interact-and you’ll feel like the coolest kid on campus.
Get some awesome beta readers. Build a street team. Those guys will be your lifesaver and best cheerleaders on this journey.
Don’t be afraid to talk to other indie authors. There are a few who may not be so friendly, but the majority of us are awesome and not as anti-social as you think. We’ll help you along the way. This community is pretty tight knit and we support each other. I LOVE the indies! ♥♥
If you get a bad review, don’t lash out. Don’t make a comment. Just let it roll off your back like water on a duck. We need to uphold our professional image as much as possible. You may think readers won’t stalk your personal page-but they do, and they will. It’s mostly just curiosity. I’ve not heard of a ‘misery’ case, just yet. 😉
I originally intended this post to be more enlightening, but as you can see, I failed miserably. This is just a small bit of advice I can give to newcomers. Keep writing. Don’t give up. You’re awesome.