Being an indie author means being resourceful and efficient. Here are some tips for Indies by Indies on how to get this publishing thing knocked out of the park.
- Don’t hesitate! Go for it! Indie publishing isn’t scary and it isn’t even close to impossible or unattainable. If you want to write and publish a book, you absolutely CAN! Start now!
- Get a free account set up at Kindle Direct Publishing now and start on your eBook. Digital books will almost always outsell paperbacks, so start putting your effort where you’re going to get the most reward.
- Join Clean Indie Reads or another indie author group on Facebook and start asking questions and getting great advice on the ins and outs of indie publishing.
- Don’t spend a lot of money on a vanity press publisher. You shouldn’t have to spend more than $75-$100 for a professional eBook cover design, $40-70 for a formatter, and another $500-$1,000 for an editor depending on how long your book is. Beta readers shouldn’t charge you, and if you have some people in your life who have an “eagle eye” for typos, that should be sufficient. If you do want to hire more help, though, check out the resources page for free and reasonably priced indie publishing services.
- Read all the advice you can about how to write well. Never rely on your “raw talent.” Writing is a skill that can and should be honed. It doesn’t make you less of an author to read about how to improve your writing.
Cassidy Salem at Cassidy’s Bookshelves has a whole page of tips for Indies here.