Should you Indie-Publish your Novel

So…you’ve completed your novel, and you’re are thinking about indie-publishing instead of taking the traditional route.

First, here are some benefits of indie-publishing.

  1. You are in control of your work. Traditional editors with publishing companies love to edit and potentially could change the style of your book or cut chunks of your work that could sabotage your vision.
  2. You don’t have to follow traditional publishing rules. You can change fonts, word count, and style and writing content and make the work your own. Imagine, instead of a traditional novel, you can make the work more specialized, like using a screenplay format.
  3. Your work is published, and there is no waiting for it to happen. Authors who have contracts with agents and with publishing houses – doesn’t guarantee a book deal. So, indie-publishing is guaranteed.
  4. Today, with so many publishing options, it easy and inexpensive. CreateSpace, Amazon KDP, and IngramSpark are great indie-publishers with tons of support.

Editing on a Budget

You’ve almost finished your book, you just need to make sure it is polished and ready for the next step, whether getting an agent or self-publishing your work.

Here are some helpful tips to fine-tune your work:

  • If you haven’t already downloaded grammarly, this is a great editing tool. You can download it for free or for a small monthly fee they offer premium editing.
  • The next step is put the work aside for a week or so. Do nothing – leave it alone.
  • Return to your novel with fresh eyes. Read the work aloud and no cheating – read the whole novel and pay attention. You will be surprised how many mistakes you will find, and you may rewrite sections because the work doesn’t quite flow.
  • Do a final grammar check, and if you are happy, it’s time to move to the next step to get your work published. 

 

 

The Newbie Writer

Writer’s Block

Finally, you’ve decided to take the plunge and begin a career as a writer. It’s taken years to admit to yourself this is what you’ve always wanted to do and now is the perfect time to begin your new endeavor.

You begin the day in front of your laptop or stare down at your writing pad tapping your pen for inspiration. Instead of writing, you simply stare. Your mind is a blank. You can’t think of one word. The ideas that have been rumbling around in your head for years suddenly vanish. You break out in a sweat when you realize you have nothing important to say. You pace, become restless, and suffer from caffeine overload.

What do you do?

 

  • Stop drinking coffee if you’ve already had a pot or two.
  • Take a long walk.
  • Or do some gardening or play a sport.
  • Perhaps exercise or meditate.

Soon, the ideas will begin to flow. Don’t forget to bring your cellphone to text ideas to yourself or have a notepad and pencil handy.

However, working from home causes distractions and/or the sound of silence kills inspiration.

  • Go to a coffee shop. The noise and activity help ideas flow.
  • Visit the local library. Sit among books for inspiration.
  • Nice day? Sit on a park bench and people watch. This will soon inspire words to come alive

Homebound? No problem.

  • Music. Depending on your tastes – some people can belch out words with rock, while others prefer classical music.
  • Take a short nap, cover your eyes, and when you are relaxed and fall between sleep and wakefulness, ideas will ping. Don’t forget your writing pad.
  • Just write – one of my writing instructors suggested writing about an outlandish journey that you would take and add strange characters that you would meet on the journey. Very much like The Epic of Gilgamesh, but more fun because you are the hero, even add a bit of romance.

Start with an idea, write an outline, and the rewrites will become rewarding as the story takes hold. Good Luck!