I just got done sending an email to Scott Wakefield, a friend I discovered on Twitter, who is interested in learning how to become an indie publisher. It’s been my pleasure to answer his questions and get him on the rocky road to self publishing, both paper books and ebooks. It’s been just about a year since I decided to look into independent publishing and my son and I launched Prevail Publications. I’ve made some mistakes, learned a great deal and made a lot of friends via Twitter and Goodreads.
As I think back on how I got started, I remember the indie author who gave me the advice that I needed: G.L. Drummond. I have since lost contact with her, but I sincerely appreciate all the advice and words of encouragement she had for me, especially at the beginning.
That’s one of the things I really like about Twitter. I first read about Twitter about three years ago in Wired magazine. As a communication professor, I feel like I need to be at least vaguely aware of trends in social networks and other areas of modern communication. And so I joined up, and was promptly mystified as to why anyone would want to send messages that were less than 100 characters long. But I pushed ahead and actually started making friends. Now I am at the point where I expect to cross 10,000 followers either today or tomorrow. I still have friends, but it’s easy to lose track of them in the crunch of numbers.
But the indie author community on Twitter is special. With the market the way it is, you would think there would be a lot of cutthroat competition. And every day I see countless advertising for books that individuals are trying to promote. But I also see many authors helping other authors along the way. For me, it’s less about selling books and more about identity and lifestyle. I love talking about writing, and I also enjoy helping other authors out.
So I you are one of the countless would-be authors out there trying to figure this whole indie publishing thing out, don’t hesitate to ask questions. After all, we all started at the same place.