It’s been a while since I did an Indie Life post, but I figured that since I haven’t updated in a week, this would be a good opportunity to catch up.
What is Indie Life?
Hosted by the Indelibles and modelled after Alex Cavanaugh's awesome Insecure Writer's Group, this is a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.
The Writing Life - Akin to an Accident Scene
The life of an indie writer sometimes feels like being at an accident scene, the chaos, the crowd, the disorder and at the centre of it all, someone who ends up being a patient. In the writer’s life, the patient is usually a book that needs treatment to bring it to a balanced and healthy state.
If we have other books to promote as we edit, that’s where the chaos sometimes comes in. If you’re like me and don’t schedule tweets, then things can get a little spotty. Triberr has been a godsend, but I can still be better organized in how I do my tweeting for myself and others.
The twitterverse and all the other social media sites bring the crowds. We’re all trying to promote something and our conversational exchanges can get lost as tweets zing to and fro. I’ve learned repeatedly that not promoting comes at a price. My inactivity over the last couple of months has resulted in my sales tanking, but that’s par for the course and part of what the Indie writer must accept as the price for not being on the ball or for juggling a lot of balls.
For the next few weeks I’ll be wrapped up in the non-fiction side of things—writing and editing magazine articles, but I’ll also be working on my next patient. An aside here—getting back to this book was almost an orgasmic experience. The joy of doing what I love is wonderful and the end result will be a patient given a new lease on life.
I’m also in the process of updating my books on Smashwords so they comply with their Meatgrinder. I’ve neglected that end of things, but was reminded that I needed to get cracking because I actually made some cash at Smashwords. More importantly, for the moment, it’s the only way an islander can get their books on Barnes and Noble. We gotta do what we gotta do, right?
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