Being an indie writer is a brutal and fun experience. Toughness, Strong-willed, and being able to accept failure are the basic requirements, but above all, be humble.
How to keep going when your books aren’t selling? Write better books, change your name, and don’t quit your day job.
|Make sure you hire a team of experts before publishing your book|
There is no guarantee or magic wand for success as an indie author. Failure is likely, but don't think about that. Think good thoughts. You are armed with creative ideas, alcohol, coffee, pizza, and basically whatever works to get a good book done. Your mind is an ocean of amazing plots and interesting characters. Abuse your mind.
Editors want your money. Pretty covers aren’t cheap. Marketing is time and money. There ain’t nothing free at this rodeo.
People will think you’re foolish for trying to be a writer. You will hear that indie writers are rarely successful. You will bang your head against the wall 50 times a day and you will ask yourself a 100 times a day, “WHY AM I DOING THIS?!”
Your mantra: I am writing because I love to write. (Yeah, but we know the truth - stacks of cash would be nice too.)
Confidence is important. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Give yourself a daily pep-talk. Bark at the moon. Curl up in the corner and cry. Pout. Laugh. Grimace. Sulk. Scream at the monitor. And then, get back to writing.
The $64,000 question: What do readers want to read? Welp, I have the answer and you ain’t gonna like it, but for the purpose of maintaining your sanity and mine, I’ll share it with you.
The answer: Readers ‘generally’ will flock to read the name. Name? Yes, the name. If the name (the authors) at the bottom or top is familiar, readers will buy it and they’ll read it. It’s a trust issue. Word-of-mouth is gold to an indie writer. Word-of-mouth gold is valuable; far more than a 1,000 post on Facebook and Twitter.
Indie writers must gain the readers trust if they want to sell more books. One crappy book and you’ll no longer exist to the readers. Don’t write a crappy book.
Indie writers are the underdog. We like being the underdog. We are the little engine that could or would or should. It’s us against the system. We must win or the keyboard gets a thrashing and sent to bed without any supper!
Make yourself a promise. Um, I know promises are meant to be broken, but DO IT anyway. Promises are a way of buying time. Time is important. Buy as much as you can.
I promise I will finish the book. I promise it will be entertaining. I promise there will be no mistakes. I promise, I promise, I promise. See, I just bought a basket full of time.
I promise I will empty the trash and vacuum the second I finish another chapter.
I promise that if I do become rich and famous, and I am invited to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel show to talk about my books, I promise to promote all the other struggling indie writers.
So, to all you wonderful indie writers – don’t sell your soul, or settle for less than your best, or give in to a Hollywood producer.
And always ----- Write like you mean it!
Sending love to everyone in Germany, France, Poland, Turkey, and Netherlands,