As promised last month, I’m back this month with some strategies and advice for anyone considering the indie publishing route. And a quick update before I begin–I’ve actually had a great month, sales wise. (Thank you to any WU readers who bought copies of my books!) Two of my titles, Susanna and the Spy and Georgiana Darcy’s Diary, climbed all the way into the top 1000 titles on Amazon! And again–as I said last month–I’m just sharing these numbers with everyone to prove that it CAN be done. And that you don’t need to be writing about vampires to have great success. :-)
At any rate, without furthur ado, I’d like to introduce three indie authors who have graciously agree to share some of their tips and strategies with us here at WU today. These women are not only talented writers–and some of the nicest people I know!–they are all never-traditionally-published authors who have found tremendous success by independently publishing their books.
First, N. Gemini Sasson. Passed over by dozens of publishers, Sasson has sold over 36,000 e-books in the past year. Her next book, The King Must Die, a sequel to her award-winning novel Isabeau, is slated for release in April of 2012.
Sarah Woodbury. With two historian parents, Sarah couldn’t help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. Her interest in Wales stems from her own ancestry and the year she lived in England when she fell in love with the country, language, and people. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names.
Jennifer Becton. Jennifer has worked in the publishing industry for twelve years as a proofreader, copy editor, and freelance writer. In 2010, she accepted the challenge to self-publish her first novel. Upon discovering the possibilities of the expanding ebook market, she created Whiteley Press, an independent publishing house, and has since sold more than 50,000 books.
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