When I learned Amazon was dedicating the entire month of October in celebration and recognition of indie authors, I didn’t need to imagine the cheer that reverberated throughout the indie community. The excited chatter from all the talented indie authors I’ve connected with over the years was palpable. The world is changing, and with it, the way authors are choosing to publish their work is following suit. No longer are we waiting with bated breath for a letter of acceptance from a traditional publishing house. We are taking charge of our own destiny and path. Success—or failure—is in our hands.
It is hard to believe my journey began four years ago. Well, in truth, it began decades ago. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that I took my fate into my hands and indie published a children’s series based on a short story I wrote for my daughter.
I’ve always been passionate about literature and writing. Early childhood literacy is such an important and dear cause to my heart. If you’ve followed my blog, you know where my journey began and why it is so important to me. My grandmother shared the gift of reading with me at such a young age. When my daughter was born, I felt compelled to follow in my grandmother’s footsteps and introduce her to all the extraordinary adventures that can only be found in books. When I was in a position to publish my first book, once again, my heart told me it needed to be an early reader.
The indie author community is unsurpassed in support. In a world where you are in charge of your book, from start to finish, it can be daunting in the beginning. There is a process in which to learn. This is where reaching out and connecting with your fellow authors is key to your success—and theirs. Together, we embark on this journey. By banding together we become stronger. We show the world that the stigma of indie publishing is in the past. Again, as the world changes, so is the publishing industry.
Do not make the mistake of thinking indie publishing is easy. It is not. And it is definitely not for the faint of heart. Writing your story will be the simplest aspect. After that, you will need to find a quality editor, illustrator, decide whether you want to format your book or hire it out, have a cover designed if you opt not to do it yourself, obtain beta readers, and so goes the list. These are just the first steps. Afterwards, it get tougher. You then have to dive into the world of marketing. But, is it worth it? Absolutely, without question!
This is where the indie community is at its strongest and best. You don’t have to take the journey alone. Join Facebook groups, connect on Twitter, get involved in a writer’s group or affiliation. There are so many valuable ways to give and receive support. I can attribute friendships that will last me a lifetime because of this odyssey. I wish the same for you!
In honor of Amazon’s month-long October celebration, and Halloween, I’d like to re-introduce you to the first book in my Dani P. Mystery children’s series, Dani and the Haunted House. It is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, or audiobook and other fine retailers. The second and third book of the series will shortly be re-released under Wandalee Press. I hope you will introduce your child to a new friend, and together, they discover the secrets behind the mysteries. To learn more about this early chapter book series, please visit Dani P. Mystery.
#PoweredbyIndie. Those three words make a powerful statement. They mean something to the indie author community. It evokes pride. It means acceptance. It means that our journey has not been in vain and that the world is seeing us as authors whose work deserves to be respected, and moreover, is in demand.
Share the gift of reading and make a lasting impression— and when searching for your next book—be sure to use the hashtag, #PoweredByIndie.
Lamb is a Co-Founder of KidLit Parade. A community of authors, illustrators, parents, teachers, care givers, and other creatives intent on promoting children’s literacy.