Well, I’ve begun an early over-haul on my website. I swapped out my theme, colors and titles for new ones. I replaced some photos and updated others. This adjustment was necessary for a few reasons.
First of all, I’m an amateur. I can’t pretend to be a pro, because I’m not. I’m still learning. I am taking action. After two huge mistakes, I know I do not want a publishing company behind me anymore. I’m also going to invest in a reliable editor to come out with a better product. Since I’m new at this game, I can only share my experiences and bits of education concerning these matters, along with whatever progress I make. Posts on any professional strategy, marketing or sales tips do not exist with me.
I know that many are expecting for me to help out in those areas- and if I can, I’ll do just that. I will share what has worked for me and whether I’ll be happy or unhappy with any future moves. That’s all I can do. I pray that other newbies, like myself, will be able to learn from my actions and succeed. So posts that are going to catch another author’s eye may not happen unless it’s another amateur trying for fiction and adventure. Sadly, it’s tough for the genre I’ve chosen.
Lastly, and I’ve thought about this idea for a while, I’ve finally come to conclude: I’m going Indie! I have had it with publishers and the hassle of their incessant emails! Oh my goodness, the emails… I now I’ve blogged on such a decision before, but I was afraid. I always thought I’d never get anywhere as an author, unless I had a big company name behind me. I know several Indie authors who are big time right now. One’s given me awesome advice that’s worked for me too! I won’t name drop. 🙂
I spoke with another fellow author of graphic novels, who posed a few questions to me a few nights ago. My responses brought me to my current decision. I’m also leaving the physical book behind and going electronically. I’ll be creating a store, here on my site, and selling them very soon. That way I only pay my editor the big bucks. There’s a process I know, but I’ll manage. It’s all in the learning, yes?
Anyway, I pray I receive your continued support and feedback. With your assistance and, hopefully your purchases, along with my creative writing classes, I can put out great stories and develop repeat customers!
Wish me luck!