Today I have the pleasure of having a wonderful Indie author fresh in from her Riven Blog Tour to talk to us about her experiences of being an Indie Author
Being An Indie Author
Today I’m going to go against the grain. Instead of singing praises of how lovely and simple and laid-back being an indie author can be, I’m going to describe how it really is in one, easy word.
Synonyms might include; nerve-wracking, high-anxiety, frustrating, debilitating, mind-boggling, insulting, demanding, and my favorite, exhausting.
Why would I come sounding so… rotten, you might ask? I might want to clear the air here- I’m definitely not being rotten about being an indie author. I love it. Absolutely, heartbreakingly love it. I wouldn’t trade anything, nothing in the world, for this. Everything I do, from the writing to the covers, the promo materials, it all comes from me. I get to control price and royalties. I get to say if I don’t like something and want it out, and want to keep a certain part in. That’s the beauty of being an indie author; it’s all you, baby. No one is looming over your shoulder, whining about deadlines and ‘meeting the market’ or anything maddening like that. Some of us, namely myself, can’t work with someone barking at you. After all, if you don’t do the work, why are you in this business to begin with?
So then why the glum opening? Easy- being your boss as an indie author is a double- edged sword. Sure, you get to decide when you want to finish that novel, work on that cover, and factor in some fun time on Facebook. But if you don’t put your heart and soul into your work, people know. It can stand out like a sore thumb from the crowd in the worst way possible. You can always tell the difference between an indie author who gave thought to their work, and poured their heart and bits of themselves into the writing, versus an author who strung together some lines and tried to ride on the coattails of a famous trend. Being an indie author is 50% business, 50% soul-revealing.
But I’ll tell you one thing; when you get it right, and you hit the nail on the head, it’s gold. The magic an indie author can create, when no one is pressuring them to write a special genre for a market, or follow a certain plot to satisfy the generic public, it’s amazing.
When I started writing ILLUMINE, I wasn’t reading the angel and demon books to see what sold and what hadn’t. I wasn’t looking to make money- I was looking to tell a story. The minute I sat back and said, “Tell me how this plays out,” the characters sprang to life as if they had been merely inches from me. If I went off track, they let me know, as creepy as that sounds. Guess it’s too late to say I’m not crazy, huh?
What’s back-breaking as an indie author is that you walk this delicate, rapidly unwinding tightrope, and either you risk saving yourself by running across it as fast you can, or fall down into the pit below. That’s why it’s back-breaking; so many are waiting for you to fall, to fail.
But what’s nice about being an indie is that back-breaking is a double-edged word. Sure, you can look at it negative, but when you do back-breaking things and succeed where others waited for you to fail, the payoff is bigger than anything you can dream of.
So go on, if you’re an indie, be proud to be a back-breaker. Someday you’ll be showing them all.
Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the ‘back door’ into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.
Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn’t so intolerant to dairy she’d live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.
About Alivia’s Latest Book RIVEN;
For the last two weeks, Essallie Hanley has been a prisoner, in more ways than one. Held hostage by the Queen, she is forced to endure the mind-numbing pain tearing her body- and soul -apart, killing her with every tick of the clock. It seems all hope is lost, until one chance moment gives Essallie a name, Rinae Decante, the final person needed for the Queen to unveil her master plan to end Essallie. Armed with this name, and with the help of Ari and Kayden, Essallie breaks free from her captivity and launches in a search for this mystery girl.
But their search doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, and the three soon find themselves fighting against an impenetrable course of fate aimed to destroy them all from the inside out. When Essallie falls victim to her altering soul, they all begin to wonder of there’s any chance at all to save themselves from the burning effects of their actions.
Love, lies, and betrayal.
No one is safe from the undoing of secrets surrounding Essallie.
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