Indie: What it really means to be Self-Published
“Indie” is quite the fancy word, don’t you think? But to me, it’s so much more than a word and it really can’t even be defined. But if I had to give it a definition it would be, “he/she who does everything.”
From conception to publication, an Indie author controls every aspect of their book’s creation. But sometimes I feel that self-published authors who are just getting into the game don’t actually realize the truth of that. The result is a half-baked effort to get a book into readers’ hands, usually before it’s ready.
Researching the process is vital to an Indie and it’s something I should have done before publishing my first book. Lesson learned, but I feel it’s my duty to share my knowledge with others. There’s editing, formatting for digital and print, book covers (SO important!) and of course, marketing. All things Indies are responsible for making happen.
Before I got into the Indie game, I’d never heard of a thing such as a virtual blog tour. Come to find out, it was the hottest thing to do and even traditionally published authors were in on it. Having a social media presence is crucial and an author without a Twitter account is a ghost. Nobody can see you. Beta readers are a good idea and outlines are an even better one. A good editor is worth every penny spent and a bad book cover will break you. This is all stuff I learned along the way, but would have known before if I’d done my research.
And I know, it’s a lot to deal with, but it’s what we have to do as Indies. Every triumph is yours, but so is every mistake–Bad editing, horrible book covers, etc. So you want the fancy title? Be prepared to be the definition: Indies do EVERYTHING. But I’d say, it’s definitely worth it.
About The Book
Author: A. Star
Genre: Fantasy Romance
For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series…and for those who aren’t…
Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.
When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.
But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.
WARNING: For readers 18+ only. Contains adult language and sexual situations.
A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Lovers series. Future releases under A. Star include, King, Desired (Mythos: Gods and Lovers #2), the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.
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You can win two books in the “Oracle of Delphi” series (YA fantasy) and a charm bracelet during the tour.