Moving From Writer to Self-Publisher

Becoming an indie author can be a bit scary, but there are plenty of resources on the web to assist with the transition. In short, here are some things you should know:

  1. Take your time. Don’t rush the process.
  2. Advertise a lot before releasing your novel.
  3. Hire a professional cover artist.
  4. Get an editor. If you can afford two, even better!
  5. Work diligently, and when you think you’re done, re-write it.

There are plenty of mistakes to be made when you self-publish your novel for the first time. However, taking your time with the process is the best advice I have for you. Spending time to build hype for your release date will help your sales a lot.

I recently interviewed Heather Donkers. She’s working on her writing and expressed some of her thoughts through an interview:

How long have you been writing?
I started writing as a kid until grade 12, but university took all my time. I got back I took part in NaNoWriMo last year. That was mayhem.

What project are you currently working on?
NaNoWriMo 2012 a fantasy novel about death being in love with a fairy. He kills off her lovers.

What makes you nervous about publishing?
I’m scared that people will think my writing sucks but in the words of Maureen Johnson “Dare to suck!”

What do you look forward to about publishing?
Spreading my love for writing. I have an active imagination and I want others to see a piece of it.

What are your inspirations?
John Green and Maureen Johnson started my urge to be published. Now all my friends fuel the fire and encourage me to keep writing so that one day my story will be told.

When do you expect to complete your first novel?
I’m hoping by the end of this year.

What questions do you have about marketing or self-publishing?
Everything because I don’t k is the first thing about it. I’m just a girl with an imagination, a desire to write, and a computer. Help!

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