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Indie-Author Adventures 2019: Episode #8

Adventures in Indie-Authoring: 2019

Welcome back, indie-author friends! And for you newbies to the series, hello and welcome!

For those just tuning in, each week in 2019 I’m going to be posting the good, the bad, the ugly (hopefully more good than ugly!) in my journey as an indie author… AND hopefully some tidbits that will help others along the way.

This Past Week

If you’ve been in the “indie-author lifestyle” (lol) for any length of time… you’ll know that it is an almost constant journey of learning and self-discovery. Not in some woo-woo sort of way — although that happens too — but in a very practical, everyday sort of way.

I’ve said before, if you are not willing to be a student, and are not open-minded enough to learn, then being an indie-author is possibly not the right path for you.

And I hold to that.

So, today, I want to talk about what I’ve learned this past week and learning as an indie-author in general.

This past week I learned that although I ❤ technology… I ❤❤❤ writing even more.

Seems like a no-brainer, right? Well, maybe not.

 

I’ve been in the technology field for over 20-years. And (for me at least), I’m not gonna stick with anything for over 20 years unless I love it. Call it a character flaw, call it being self-aware, call it whatever you like, but that’s just me. So, yes, I love tech.

AND I love-love writing.

But these past two weeks have been hyper-focused on my tech work to the point where I’ve written in the past two weeks the amount of words I would normally write in an hour.

And it is making me cranky.

Seriously. It’s like I’m having withdrawal from my writing routine, and it is starting to wear on my cranky-nerve.

But… I have to remind myself that this is a temporary push… a “crunch-time” that comes right before a big launch of a new product… and I’ll be back to my normal routine soon.

If you recall, the Big Takeaway from last week: 
“Even the smallest, tiniest, baby-step that is progress in your author career is progress. And we cannot minimize how BIG that is… even if it’s small.”

So… though I just don’t have enough braining left after a 10+ hour day of tech work to write words that make any kind of sense – I’ve used a little bit of time to read, learn, and as a consequence GROW my author biz.

What was it? How did I do it? 

😈 Sell Your Soul, Indie-Author! 😈

Wait… what?!?

Disclaimer: don’t literally do that – it’s not worth the trade-off! 😉😈😉

Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career by Russell Nohelty

If you are an indie-author, this is a book you NEED to read. If you are a creative in any art, writing or otherwise, you need to read this book.

Many — I daresay most of us — at some point in our indie-author career seem to neglect the fact that we are, in fact, a business.

Business? Ick…. eww….

If you are writing with the intention of actually earning a living from your art – you must treat it like a business. Period.

Now… that does NOT mean it has to be icky, sleazy, salesy, or any of that nonsense…because really, that would put a serious damper on any real creativity.

But you do need to take it seriously, and LEARN how to treat it like a business in a way that still feels good, gives you the warm-fuzzies, doesn’t offend your creative id.

I’ll refer back to the old tried-and-true map cliche…

If you are at point A… and you want to get to point D… don’t you think a map showing you were points B & C are might be helpful?

Learn from those who have already traversed the path you want to take… you don’t need to recreate the wheel. Learn from what works… and from what doesn’t.

Find your peeps who also love the brightest, pinkest, dragoniest socks… and you will be well on your way to a successful indie career!

(and yes… you have to go read the book to “get” that reference… so what are you waiting for? GO get it!)

What I Accomplished

  • Five websites migrated to my new hosting servers
  • More (much more!) progress toward my new PAWs product launch!
  • Read Russell’s book and have been recommending it to anyone that will listen! 😉
  • Created a biz schedule – set meetings with myself to check in on the direction and status of my author business. (thanks Russell!)
  • Met with 2 author-website customers
  • Author website/tech training session
  • Completed two book covers
  • Hosted a Wine & Write event with Author Like a Boss

The Big Takeaway

If you want to “make it” as an indie-author, you have to treat it like what it is – a business… and save yourself time, expense, and energy by modeling what works and avoiding what doesn’t!

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