It’s been almost a year since I dived back into my passion for writing. Just like a protagonist, I’ve grown over that year and it has been a journey. Reflecting back on the days that have passed since, I’m amazed at how much information I’ve obtained, how much I’ve learned and grown. So today, I would like to share with you what I’ve discovered about myself, my writing and which road to take on the journey of publishing.
When I started writing again last April, it was more for me than anyone else. I had these manuscripts on my computer, collecting megabyte dust and doing nothing back taking up space on my laptop.
After my mom decided to get back into writing, I was envious that she had the inspiration to do this. After a long talk with her, I decided, hell, I have a few manuscripts just setting around. It’s time to do something with them.
Writing, along with reading, has always been a passion of mine. Even though I gave up the dream of having them published, or so I thought, I still wanted to put them in print so I could leave them to my kids when I passed. Being a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t want to look back on my life when I was older and think what do I have to show for my time here on earth. I decided to get serious about writing again.
I joined an online writing community called Authonomy. It’s a website that’s a division of the Harper Collins publishing house, where writers could upload their work for others in the community to comment on and back if they believed in the writing.
While being on the website, I had a chance to talk with other writers and improve my craft. After several positive comments came in and a few people began reading everything I uploaded, I knew I had a story to tell and people actually wanted to read it.
I dug my heels in and started writing like a mad woman. By the time October rolled around, the book was finished and it was time for editing. I debated on what to do as far as publishing. Part of me wanted to find an agent and start submitting to the Big Six, as well as smaller publishers, but I found a thread on the community board at Authonomy about indie publishing. I didn’t know what indie publishing was so I researched it online. More research turned into tons of information and I knew then I wanted to be an indie author.
The old presumption is that Indie authors only publish their work because it isn’t as good as the work agents and publishers take on. WRONG! I have met many authors whose talent ranks among the New York Times bestselling authors.
Times are changing, and it’s only making things better for indie authors. We are becoming a loud, undeniable voice in the writing community and we’re not sitting back to let our dreams go out the window while others profit on our insecurities. My next post will go a little further into what makes being an indie author so great, but for now, I’ll leave you with this. Indie doesn’t mean terrible writers with poorly constructed stories. Indie means Incredibly Notable Dignified Illustrious Entertainers.