An article on keeping your sanity when you’re an indie author


The Indie Author’s Guide to Sanity: 5 Survival Tips

Self and indie publishing is a difficult, time consuming process. Anyone who is a part of BookTrope’s latest hit (myself included) feels that very keenly. BookTrope’s ideas were wonderful, their model ground-breaking.

Here’s the thing about indie-publishing, though, it’s a risky heartbreaking business.

I’ve been at it for six years and the ups and downs have been frequent. I’ve been on full-to-the-gill panels at Sasquan and Norwescon about the publishing business, and every eager writer has the same desperation written on their face, in their poised pencils and pens. Their agony and hope are palpable. And I want to give them answers, which is why I do those panels. But, also, I want to give them realities. Here is the reality: this business is 90% the effort and time and money you put in.

Now, for those of you still here (I scared the weakest ones off with that paragraph), let’s talk about hands-on things I’ve done that have helped me either gain readers, media notice, sales or sanity.

Tip #1: Google That Shit


Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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