My poor blog has suffered from neglect over the past months/years so I’m going to make a serious effort to maintain it on a regular basis.
Over the past few months I’ve been making a concerted effort to get my career as an Indie author off the ground. My problem is whilst I love the creative side of writing; developing characters, working out the settings and writing the books, the sales and marketing side involves a completely different set of skills. Skills I’m currently endeavouring to learn.
Originally I tried the traditional route of looking for a publisher but I found that too frustrating. You’re very much at the mercy of whoever first reads your manuscript. If it’s not something that grabs them then you don’t progress any further. Often you never find out why. It could be that your story didn’t quite fit with the storylines they’re currently buying, or it could be some small flaw with the writing that could be easily fixed.
One of the main reasons I have chosen to follow the indie route is because I want to write what I want, when I want. I guess that’s the control freak side of me coming out 🙂 But so many of my traditionally published friends are more or less told by their publisher the type of story they have to write. And other author friends have had their publisher go out of business leaving them uncertain how to get the rights back to their stories again.
Indie publishing certainly isn’t for everyone but, for now, that’s the path I want to follow.
I write the types of stories I like to read. About characters who seem real to life, who have a sense of humour and a positive outlook on life. I don’t write about serious issues, I write to uplift. I don’t write to depress, I write to cheer.
My stories will take my readers on a journey to some of the wonderful places I have travelled to. I was born in England but now live in Western Australia so this part of the world will feature often. But as Perth is one of the most isolated capital cities in the world I might encourage one or two more people to visit.