Monday, April 21, 2014

Going Indie: Getting Over Myself/Yourself

In the shadow of a calling I found myself . . .

Thinking of old friends whose names I can’t remember.

Musical Moment ~ “Eye of the Beholder” Metallica

One of the hurtles a writer will have to face and soar over when choosing to publish independently is stepping outside of their comfort zones. One of these zones is the type of person you are: Introverted or Extroverted.

I am both. When you first meet me, I may come across as a quiet and maybe a little standoffish type of person who is using her intuition about you and our potential friendship/relationship. Once we get to know each other, I become an extrovert as I can be chatty, enjoy meeting and connecting with people, and I love, love, love to laugh.

Being a writer, many of us are introverts and Going Indie means putting yourself in the spotlight and that light can shine quite brightly. You have to be ready for this. You have to let any insecurities go, as much as you can. You have to know that people – friends and strangers – will be looking at your work and judging you. If you are on social media, they will be looking at what you post, how you respond, and judging you. To be a successful writer (indie or traditionally published), you have to gain a level of comfort with this and simply get over yourself because people are going to have opinions (especially those who post as Anonymous). Your feelings will get hurt and you will feel uncomfortable, but you will also be uplifted by 4 or 5 star reviews, people mentioning or recommending your book, your blog, and your website. You will meet new people.

You will be truly seen.

Going Indie is about approaching people – illustrators, editors, other writers, networking your butt off, reaching out to website/bloggers, etc. - and getting known and ourselves out there. You are your own marketing and sales team. You are your own cheerleader until you become known and have a fan base that will happily review and help you promote your books. It will be more challenging if you are too shy to not care what people think about you or the life you choose to share publically.  Going Indie is something you need to take the time to think about and search deep inside your heart to see if this is the right path for you.

Granted, you can slap anything you want on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any of the other sites that publish books, but if you want your book to gain traction, you have to do the work of getting your self seen by the people who will help you create your book and by your potential customers and fans.

You have to get over any parts of you that shy away from interacting successfully with people you don’t know. 

Can you do it? If you are Going Indie have you thought about what hurtles you’ll face? Are you willing to face them?

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