I have to say, I got lucky.
When I decided I wanted to publish my book, and when no agent wanted in on my project and no small press had room for me, I able to access a wealth of knowledge by joining the right forums and asking a lot of questions. Their kindness and wisdom made this process of going it alone, while not exactly “easy” absolutely easier, all things considered. I think, as with all good fortune, paying it forward is the key to real gratitude. So, I’ve decided to do just that the only way I know how … with a blog.
I’m launching a new spin-off site of La Bella Novella, The Indie You, to give the information back. Send it out into the world so that someone, like myself, can stumble upon and find (hopefully) what they need to make their dream of being an author come true. Let someone else harness the belief that wild dreams are possible and give them the tools to make it happen.
While I’ll be the first to admit … nope, I’m no expert … I think there is real power in the meeting of minds. There is no “one size fits all” formula when it comes publishing a book … so what the point of the new blog will be is to explore all avenues of self publishing through experiences, professional knowledge and plain old talking it out. It will be part forum, part resource center. Nothing will be off-limits … and every question will be addressed head on.
I will build a directory of freelance professionals, and unlike on this site where I feature only those I’ve worked with, The Indie You will welcome everyone to sign up and list their skills-for-hire.
The Indie You is rough right now, but, I will be focusing time in the coming days to launching it.
While I’m building the site, I’m also opening the door for communication. This is what I’m looking for right now …
– Are you a cover artist or editor? Formatter? Offer another important service? Interested in offering your time to be a beta reader? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know, you’ll be added to the list of resources.
– Are you an independent author with a story to tell? E-mail me at email@example.com and let me know, I’d love to feature you.
– Have questions you want answered about self-publishing? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will be more than happy to open them up for addressing.
Stay tuned for the official launch … needless to say, I’m excited!