I’ve been feeling pressure to independently publish for a while, now, but have struggled with self-doubt and fears. It’s hard enough to send my stories to my agent or to editors, but at least with traditional publishing, I can be comforted that other professionals will be laying their eyes on my manuscript before I send it out for the world to see.
With Indie publishing, all of the manuscript is up to me. Every comma,, typoe, misled word, duplicacation. (Yes, I did all that on purpose, but I bet you’ve seen errors in some of my posts before.)
I tend to excel as a team player. I love brainstorming, and I’m great at listening to instruction and advice. Would that Indie publishing allowed for such. (That’s what I used to think, and it had me terrified!)
The truth is, there are Christian authors near and far who love to collaborate, either as co-authors, brainstorming partners or critique-ers. I have some excellent critique buds who helped me immeasurably with my current novella. Carole Towriss and Jennifer Slattery were in on the first draft, helping with decisions and ideas as I started sculpting the characters and initial story line.
Then when I finished, Patricia Pacjac Carroll and Jackie Castle asked the hard questions to sharpen the plot and clean up my loose prose. After that, my beta-readers took on the manuscript. Particularly, Christa Upton who turned out to be the essence of excellent in proofreading!
So publishing my book as an independent author didn’t mean I was all alone, even though I was solely responsible for my mistakes. Thankfully, I had buds who had my back!
Your Turn: Have you ever read an Indie published e-book? Was it obviously different from regular books you’ve read?
By the way, have you grabbed your copy of Grime Beat yet? Here’s the information on it!
Her best friend missing, every cell in Dani Foster’s body screams something is wrong.
Crime scene cleaning is the perfect job for relocated Dani Foster. But her orders to maintain a low profile and stay out of trouble mean little when her friend goes missing. Suspicions point to the handsome crime scene specialist, Jay Hunter, but he’s also the only person willing to help Dani. Dare she trust him even when lies seem to surround him?
Dani amuses Jay. Her penchant for speaking and acting without regard to the consequences land her in the funniest situations. But her latest moves have thrust her into serious danger. As he learns more about her circumstances, the stakes rise until her very life is on the line. He has no time or inclination for romance, but this girl needs him, and she seems to have no one else. How can he turn his back?