Thursday, November 17, 2016

There’s a Lot More to Indie than Meets the Eye! by Terri Weldon

I have several friends who’ve had great success as Indie authors. After talking with them I decided to check into this new venue for writers. Would you like to know what I discovered? There’s a lot more involved than meets the eye.
Today is an interactive learning day. I’ll tell you the few things I discovered and you can correct me and share your knowledge.
1. You need good critique partners. As I’m sure all of you know a good critique partner is invaluable. In my humble opinion, they are even more so when you are planning an indie release.
2. A good editor is a must. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you or your friends will catch everything a good editor can. Traditional publishing houses hire editors for a reason.
3. A proof reader to catch any mistakes you make while incorporating changes from your editor. Typos are so easy to make and as we all know spell check doesn’t catch everything. 
4. A cover designer. Now some of you are probably talented enough to make your own covers, but I’m not.  Also, if you want your book to be available in print you need a wrap cover. Meaning there was absolutely no way I was going to figure all this out. So for me a cover designer was a must. 
5. The ability to format your book as an e-book and a paperback. There are places to assist you with this, such as Draft 2 Digital and others. However, even that left me feeling out of my league. I chose to go with hiring someone to do the formatting. 
6. ISBN numbers. Some authors have ISBN’s for e-books, my understanding is that having one for e-books is a choice. Any knowledgeable indie authors out there feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. But, if your book is going to be available in print then you’ll need an ISBN number. Createspace is one venue that can assist you with ISBNs.
7. Don’t forget to go to Your book is your work, your brainchild, so don’t forget to protect yourself. 
8. Marketing! There are multiple new releases daily, so you will want to market your book. This is such a tough one. There are ads, words of mouth, blog tours, giveaways, and newsletters. I’m not the world’s best at marketing. What about you? Any tips that have helped you market your book whether it is traditionally published or indie published?

This is a very limited list. I know there are many, many more things to learn. Today I wanted to take the time to interact with all of you and see if you can provide any additional tips. Leave a comment and let me know what else you’ve learned if you have an indie book. If you don’t what are some good marketing tips? And if you’re a reader what draws you to a book? 
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Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing.
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