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  • Writer's pictureFran Clark

10 Things You Should Know Before Becoming an Independent Author

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Are you like me, an aspiring independent author ready to embark on your publishing journey? I’ve been traditionally published but circumstances have drawn me to the idea of creative freedom and self-expression. And though this still applies, navigating the world of independent authorship comes with its own set of challenges. Here I will draw from personal experience and insights gained along the way, but don’t be fooled I’m not ‘there’ yet. Whatever ‘there’ means to you and perhaps at this point you need to write down what the journey into becoming an independent author is for you so that you can be realistic about how you measure your success.

I knew what I wanted when I set out but just knowing isn’t going to make it happen. Here are the ten things I wish I had known before stepping into the realm of independent authorship.

1. Patience is Key

Building a successful career as an independent author takes time. From writing and editing to marketing and building a readership, patience is essential. Understand that success rarely happens overnight and be prepared for the long haul.

2. Quality Matters

In a saturated market, quality sets you apart. Invest time in honing your craft, whether it's through writing workshops, editing services, or peer feedback. A well-written and polished book is your strongest asset.

3. Marketing is Non-Negotiable

Writing the book is just the beginning. Effective marketing is crucial for reaching your audience. Learn the basics of book marketing, from social media promotion to email newsletters, and allocate time and resources accordingly.

4. Building an Author Platform Takes Time

Establishing a robust author platform doesn't happen overnight. Whether it's through a website, blog, or social media presence, consistency is key. Engage with your audience authentically and provide value beyond your books.

5. Embrace the Learning Curve

As an independent author, you wear many hats – writer, editor, marketer, and more. Embrace the learning curve and be open to acquiring new skills along the way. The journey is as much about growth as it is about success.

6. Community is Vital

Surround yourself with fellow authors, both indie and traditional. Join writing groups, attend conferences, and participate in online forums. The support and camaraderie of the writing community can be invaluable on your journey.

7. Feedback is Your Friend

Constructive criticism is essential for growth. Seek feedback from beta readers, editors, and fellow authors. Embrace critiques as opportunities to improve your craft and refine your work.

8. Legalities and Rights Matter

Educate yourself on the legal aspects of independent publishing, including copyright, royalties, and contracts. Protect your intellectual property and understand your rights as an author.

9. Adaptability is Essential

The publishing landscape is ever-evolving, with new trends and technologies emerging constantly. Stay informed and adaptable, willing to pivot your strategies as needed to navigate changes in the industry.

10. Persistence Pays Off

Above all, don't give up. The road to success as an independent author is often paved with setbacks and rejections. Stay resilient, keep writing, and believe in the value of your work. Persistence is the ultimate key to achieving your goals.

To be honest, I look at these as my 10 commandments because I constantly have to keep myself in check so that I don't become overwhelmed by it all. This is BIG and can come much more easily to some than to others. But make it work for you in your way.

Embarking on the journey of independent authorship is both exhilarating and challenging. But I hope that this has come some way to your navigate the path with greater confidence and clarity. Remember, your voice matters, and your story deserves to be told. Embrace the journey, learn from each step, and let your passion for writing guide you forward.

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