Do you know what an Indie author does?
Thank you so much for having me! I�m so excited to be here.
Think you know what an indie author does to get those terrific stories out on the market and into your hot little hands?
I teach at a lot of conferences and the highest demand topic is what does an indie author do.
The first thing I do to help them understand is explain the difference between the three styles of publishing.
Self-publishing: When the author does everything by themselves and does not use outside resources.
Indie publishing: When the author is traditionally published by a smaller press (a publishing house that does not supply advances) or an author who contracts out work for editing, formatting, cover art/illustrations, narrators, etc. and then proceeds to do the �self-pubbing� route.
Traditional publishing: When the author queries and is then placed under contract for copyright of a specific book(s).
I call myself an Indie pubber � not a self.
And then I discuss the steps that an indie author should take while publishing their work (at least from a conservative standpoint).
1. Start social media � Facebook, Twitter, blog, pinterest, something � not necessarily all of them, but at least one.
2. Write your 1st book as well as a blurb for the same book.
3. Set up a Goodreads author account and start adding friends, etc. This is without exception.
4. Send book/chapters /blurb to critique partners (CPs).
5. Edit book #1 based on comments you received.
6. Send book #1 to beta readers (BRs).
7. While waiting on comments from BRs, write 2nd book.
8. Edit book #1 when the comments come in � make sure to thank BRs and request reviews from them.
9. HIRE a cover artist. Pro is a MUST.
10. HIRE a line editor/proofreader/copy editor for book #1.
11. Send 2nd book to CPs.
12. Self-edit book #1 final time before sending to editor.
13. Set up cover reveals and blurb reveals for Book #1.
14. Apply CP comments to book #2.
15. Receive book #1 back from editor � apply relevant suggestions.
16. Format book #1 or send to formatter � print and Kindle formats, Smashwords is an option.
17. Send book #2 to BRs.
18. Start book #3 while working on book #1 promo and waiting for book #2 from BRs.
19. Create KDP Account.
20. Only after all the above steps have been taken, then and only then, should you consider KDP or pushing publish.
21. Continue order as above but replace book #1 with book #2 and so on.
Important information for any indie author includes – Throughout the steps above, it is imperative to make sure you are not turning in �crap� to anybody who sees your work. You write the �crap�, you edit the �crap�. When you send it to your first readers (CPs), it should look � if nothing less � like clay � but NOT �crap�. Before it gets to the editor, it should be as error proof as possible.
Self-pubbing is a misnomer. Successful authors � fiction, nonfiction, what-have-yous � never, ever release their work without having someone somewhere look over their work. This is not only out of respect for the story, the reader, and the market, but most importantly, for the author. Only put out the best. It�s how we put the indie in awesome!
Seeing how much work an author puts into their books tells you how much we care about you, the reader and how much we love our characters.
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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every story the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.
Books: Barely Alive series (Barely Alive, Falling Apart, Mostly Dead, Viral Intent); Into the End series (Into the End, Through the Flames, Out of the Ashes); Dictating Desire; Breathe Again.