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.