How does AUTHOR-PRENEUR sound to you?

Let me ‘fess up, here: I’m one of those indie authors. You know the kind: writers who pursued traditional publication but didn’t get picked to dance with Prince Charming at the ball. I became a writer at the wrong time with the wrong material. I came on the scene post digital publishing boom with not a single word about sparkly vampires or boy-wizards. Um, I write witty women’s mysteries/thrillers and my nonfiction follows a similar bent. Sheesh, what was I thinking, right?

I tried to find an agent for a few years, and I had a lot of gratifying interest, but I didn’t land one. Yet every book I wrote won the writing competitions I entered them in: novels, short stories, and nonfiction. My writing was praised up one side and down the other, for all the good it did me. I didn’t seem like a “sure thing” to agents.

I got it. I didn’t like it, but I got it.

I had a choice, though. I could change what I wrote, or I could take control of my destiny and sell MY stories to MY readers. I could go indie.

TO READ THE REST, AND TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FROM A COPY OF THE PUPPALICIOUS AND BEYOND EBOOK, please hop on over to my good friend Terri Sonoda’s site. Terri is herself a writer on the verge of an indie journey. When you leave a comment to enter the giveaway, be sure to follow Terri (blog, Twitter, Facebook). You’ll be glad you did.



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12 Responses to Is the indie journey for you?

  1. Terri Sonoda says:

    Thanks Pamela. I’m very excited for you. And can’t wait for your Fiction to come out!
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..Welcome to my place Pamela Hutchins!

    • Pamela says:

      I am on the last day of my first draft of a rewrite of a novel today. First drafts are shorter for me than final work. It’s like a build a skeleton then I spend a few months going back and layering on the rest of what builds it into a human, or er um a novel. Anyway, I’m very excited about it. And excited for yours, too! Woot!
      Pamela recently posted..Sweet fifteen and never been kissed.

  2. Michael says:

    You are right. There are a lot of benefits from going indie.

  3. Paul J. Fagan says:

    I know several artists who have “gone indie”. Some are doing well, some are surviving and some are still trying. One musician said, “I thought my greatest day was when I was signed, then I found that my greatest day was when the contract ran out!”
    Being signed has obvious advantages, you might get a buck and you can brag to your friends and relatives, but you no longer own your work. That can be ok when the company wants to promote you, but if they change their mind, they own the work… they can publish it or bury it.
    Enjoy what you do. That is a good reward in itself.
    Good luck to everyone.

  4. You totally rock! I love that you had to do it Sinatra style! It paves the way for so many people. I’m going over to check out your friend’s blog now:))
    Wild Child Mama recently posted..Jesus, I just got guts of steel!

  5. Angela says:

    Being an indie has got its benefits, but it is the hardest way to make an easy living. Self-publishing isn’t as simple as it sounds to be, you have to be a writer, a marketer, a blogger, a social media activist etc. That’s really a hard thing, I couldn’t picture myself that I would be able to do that.
    Angela recently posted..Ein tolles Gebäude im Olympiapark

  6. Eric says:

    And I think its clear that it also take incredible persistence, there is progress made all the time and cool things happening, but they are small and you have to be grateful for them and excited. But we are in this for the very long haul, and to me, there is something cool about that. (that its not an instant gratification thing and we are on to the next thing, but something to feed and work on and help grow.

  7. Just checking in here and at Terri’s – a bit late to the party! Is all the dip eaten??
    nan @ lbddiaries recently posted..Sweetest Passion Redux

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