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15/01/2012

Validate Me VALIDATE ME!

This week I self-published my novel, From The Storm, as a Kindle book on Amazon.

Depending on who you talk to, this either makes me an ‘Indie Author’, brave, rebellious, living by his own rules and sticking it to the man; or a Vanity Press hack who couldn’t get the attention of an agent.

I suppose I fit both descriptions.  I still seek representation, but I’m also very drawn to the idea of writing as an independent author.

It already feels good to have completed and published a book, but to have successfully marketed one without the help of a corporate PR engine must be an incredibly satisfying experience.

(If there are any corporate PR engines reading this, by the way, you’re awesome.  Let’s talk.)

Writers like John Locke and Louise Voss and Mark Edwards have done a huge amount for the credibility of self-published authors, but their success stories are as much about their talent for self-promotion as the quality of their writing.  Locke himself has written a book about this process called How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!

So it’s with some trepidation that I begin the next phase of my self-publishing journey: marketing.  I am new to the process and not particularly adept at self-promotion, but I have two things in my favour.  The first is that I understand computers and I understand the web.  The second is that I believe I’ve written something good enough to sell.  If you’re reading this, I hope you think so too.

Self-publishing is a brave move.  You expose yourself to criticism without any kind of backup.  My hope is that it is the book, not my approach to getting it read, that receives the criticism.  May I live to regret saying that.