Helen Henderson's First Time is a personal look at what happens when an author goes "indie". She gives great advice! Thank you, Helen for sharing this First Time with us.
There could be several firsts that apply to the title. But the first that was chosen is the first book I published as an independent author. And “safety net?” Without a publisher there was no built-in camaraderie, no group sworn to assist you with retweets and spreading the release news.
I dipped my toe into the indie world with Imprisoned in Stone, a dark fantasy with a thread of romance. What I have learned since then?
Plan your marketing and promotion, but be flexible. Different opportunities appear all the time.
Don’t think you can just get away with only doing the “writing.” Even though you’ll be hiring professionals for specialized knowledge such as editing and graphic design (unless you have friends who work in the fields) you still need to have a working knowledge of grammar, book format, cover design, keywords, and a million other things so that you can communicate with the experts.
They say there are five stages of emotions when you publish. I think they are felt more strongly when you publish as an independent author, especially the doubt and fear. Be prepared for wide swings.
That’s a few thoughts on my first… and subsequent outings as an independent author without a safety net.
A descendent of a coal-miner's daughter and an aviation flight engineer, the dichotomy of Henderson's heritage shows in her writing which crosses genres from historical adventures and westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of romantic fantasy, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination. She writes Fantasy, Historical Westerns, and Science Fiction.
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~Dark Fantasy~Ghosts & Spirits~Witches/Warlocks
~August 1, 2013
For the crime of healing without payment, the Brethren imprisoned Dylan’s soul in stone. Centuries later, he felt the touch of another’s mind and hope for escape from his eternal prison soars. However, his potential savor’s only knowledge of him comes from an eerie message on the wall and nightmarish dreams. And, she is unaware of her latent magic--the power needed to free him.
A spell kept secret for generations.
A brotherhood thirsting for power.
Demands that cannot be obeyed.
A woman who stands to lose everything.