For quite a while now I’ve been interested in creating something that speaks to writers who aren’t complete novices but aren’t bestsellers either. Writers who have published a book or two or three, and know the fundamentals (like you need a professional editor and cover artist), but are still struggling to figure out the bazillion little details of how to take publishing to the next level.
There are plenty of big bestsellers who have “advice columns” so to speak, but with all due respect to them, many hit the lists and the money when this business was entirely different than it is today—because it changes, day in and day out, but when you’re earning six digits annually, have a backlist of 40 books, and a mailing of tens of thousands, you’re buffered from those changes in ways an author with four books and sales of $400/mo isn’t. You also have an entirely different world view. The advice is well-intentioned, but often simply not practical for a writer in the bottom to middle of the ladder.
Conversely, there are a ton of places to get the information you need to begin writing and publishing. “Self Pub 101” is offered in a hundred different places by a hundred different people. Some of the advice is garbage, some of it’s useful, but it’s there and you don’t have to look that hard to find it.
So, what about the rest of us? The writers in between? A lot of us get our advice from FB groups, and there are some great groups out there. But I thought it might be helpful to have one central place where you can search quickly for a variety of topics. Things midlist authors need to know, advice that’s coming from someone who might have been at this longer, but isn’t so far past you she can’t understand what you’re dealing with.
*Waves* Hi. If you don’t know me, I’m Selena Laurence and I’m a professional Indie author. I started my career in 2012, published my first book in 2013, and I’ve been working at it full time ever since. Most of what I talk about will relate to Indie publishing as I’ve learned it, but that doesn’t mean some of it can’t be useful to hybrid and traditional authors as well. I’ve had a couple of traditional contracts and an agent, so while I’m by no means an expert, I’m not ignorant of that end of things either. I’m going to be doing some workshops around the country in the next year that will cover the types of topics you see in this blog, but in a much more comprehensive fashion. I’ll make sure to post the dates and locations when they’re final.
All of my posts in this series will be under the heading: #Passion2Profession. Unfortunately it’s not a completely unique hashtag (is there such a thing anymore?), but I’ll be using it regularly in this blog, on Twitter, and FB, so you should be able to find my posts very easily, and they’ll build quickly. I chose this hashtag because it gets to the core of what I’m hoping to help writers do: Take their passion and learn how to make it their profession. And let me be clear that when I say “profession” I’m not talking about income. Of course income matters, and earning is at the base of every decision I make in publishing, however, the simple fact of the matter is: most writers will never earn enough to support themselves. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be your profession. You CAN earn enough money that you’re not wasting your time. You CAN be respected by other writers, have a great group of core readers, and maximize your chances of making that leap to bestseller status when the lightning strikes. You CAN be a PROFESSIONAL Indie writer, and that’s a whole lot different from simply publishing some Indie books.
So, my first blog post will be Wednesday. I hope you’ll watch, read, ask questions, engage, and learn. I’m excited to give back to the profession that I waited my whole life to find, and I can’t wait to meet more of you!
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