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Living the Indie Author Dream

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Apr 17, 2013 5:42:59 AM

The first quarter of the year is now behind us. As we move into spring and continue plugging away at our book projects, there's no better time for some words of encouragement and reminders of what we're accomplishing as indie authors.

 

  • At some point today, take the time to pat yourself on the back, put your feet up and relax, or buy yourself an ice cream. You deserve it because you're doing the work of two people who are sometimes at odds with one another. As an indie author, you have taken on the dual-role challenge of both a writer AND a publisher. The writer side of you tells you to do one thing, while the publisher in you might think your writer self is a bit reckless. You have a creative mind that fleshed out a story and wrote a novel, but you also possess the business mind that charts the course to book sales. At times, there is an internal struggle, but both sides of you are serving your dream of being a successful author.

 

  • You are a true entrepreneur. Striking out on your own takes a lot of gumption, and you should take the time to acknowledge that fact. Reflect on the reasons why you decided to become an indie author. My guess is that it was to satisfy that itch, that sense that writing is your calling. And if you can make a little money off of what you love to do, well that's just the icing on the cake.

 

  • The road is not easy, but it can be a thrilling ride. As a writer, you'll have days where you will wonder if you've chosen the right path. That's when you're going to need the publisher in you to take over and recognize that building a business, even a creative business, takes time, effort, and what seems like a never-ending reserve of energy. Allow your publisher self to keep your writer self moving forward, and shrug off that doubt that sometimes wants to weigh you down.

 

So congratulations, you're living your dream! It's important to reflect on that every now and then.

 

-Richard

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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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Apr 17, 2013 11:11 AM AZ-Ellie    says:

What a wonderful article. Thank you.

 

When in doubt, I remind myself that I am a Scribe -- that is my gift.

 

Be well my friend.

Apr 19, 2013 12:44 PM Jyade    says:

I wanted to become self published because of the 'total -free creative reign'. And thanks to createspace, it not costly for me anymore. Great article. Thanks!