Gemma Ramji

How did you make the choice to go indie?

I didn’t want anyone to change my words, or my style, to appeal to a certain market. Such an idea is the dreaded fear of many artists. Although it probably means I don’t have much business sense! However, if I end up bankrupt and living in a shed, I’ll still be very happy that my novels and cover art came straight from my imagination.

What do you enjoy most about being an indie author?

I enjoy discovering more about the market, and reaching new readers. I’ve always considered myself a creative daydreamer, and now all of a sudden, I must be a businesswoman! The results are very comical and I wish I hadn’t laughed all the way through that one business studies lesson I had at school.

What do you think is the hardest part of being an indie author?

Your book is swimming in a sea of thousands of other books, and sometimes you just want to stand at the top of building and shout about how fantastic and wonderful your book is – oh wait, I have an idea….

What advice do you have for new indie authors?

My advice is, get as many people as you can to read your new book. Even if it’s a goblin in a cave. You never know, he may not have read a book in years, and will write you a good review.

If you had it to do over again, would you choose to go indie? Why/why not?

I will definitely do so again, if I had to. Once I write anything, I can’t wait to share it with readers, and the beauty of self-publishing is the process is as fast (or slow) as you want to make it.

We’d like to thank Gemma Ramji for sharing her time and expertise with us. If you’d like to learn more about this writer and her books, please visit her website at http://www.thedaymyschoolfelldown.com/.