So you’ve written a book – now what?

I get asked this all the time.

First of all, I want to say that I’m not an independent publisher because I couldn’t get a contract with a regular publisher – in fact I once turned a quite lucrative contract down. The reason – I like writing the stories my way, unless the characters dictate that I should break from my original story line and go in another direction.

I like to have fun when I write. My goal is to make people laugh, cry, and shout out loud. So far, so good, but throw in an editor, a publisher, and a marketing team, that whole concept can goes out the window. I know this from talking to many, many other authors, some of whom are making the change from traditional publishing to indie publishing. If you check out the best seller list on Amazon, you are guaranteed to see a whole plethora of indies at the top of the publishing charts.

If you’re like me, and you love the idea of being an independent publisher, then there are lots of wonderful successful authors sharing how they did it. Try looking up Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula or Joanna Penn on youtube and Facebook. There are some terrific links to how to do this yourself on Amazon’s kdp (kindle) platform.

My advice is to go for it!

In the meantime….write on, my friends…

Laura Hesse

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