12/30/11

A New Year... A New Me


I never make New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m sure there was a time – like, maybe elementary school – when I did make them, but as an adult I’ve discovered that resolutions made at the start of a new year are an exercise in futility.

However, I think the New Year is the perfect time for decisions… and I’ve made a big one.

After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided to become an Indie Author.  If you’re unfamiliar with that term, it means I am going to publish my books independently, without a traditional publisher, first through eBook retailers and later on in print-on-demand format.

It’s exciting, energizing, and scary as heck.  But it’s the right thing for me.

Here’s why.

I've spent the last year feeling "stuck".  Book 1 has been finished for a year and a half.  Book 2 is ¾ of the way complete.  I have a decent start on Book 3, and Book 4 is brewing in my head.  I’ve queried and queried and queried, with some really positive feedback, but no forward movement.  I’m not knocking traditional publishing in the least.  Far from it.  But you can only exist in the vacuum of non-momentum for so long, before it starts affecting your creativity.  At least that’s true for me.  Feeling stuck didn't exactly motivate me to keep writing and producing and learning.... etc. etc.  I realized I was in a deep funk when it came to my writing, so I started thinking seriously about what I REALLY wanted.  While we all have the dream of someday writing full time, at the root of that dream is the desire to just WRITE.  And that’s what I was losing as I tried to swim the treacherous waters of query letters, rejections, more query letters, more non-responses.  I believe that Indie Publishing will give me the motivation I need to keep writing and producing regularly, without getting discouraged and down.  

The goal is ALWAYS to move forward, so I haven't given up the dream of publishing the traditional route, but it's not the "only" dream I have anymore.  I want to write, to keep improving, to reach readers, and never remain stagnant. So whatever happens from here on out... whether it's Indie forever or eventually a traditional publishing experience... my goal remains the same.  But this is the first step!

So… there it is… my New Year’s decision!  I hope you’ll check back regularly and watch for announcements about my debut novel, “Once Again”, which I hope to release sometime during the first part of 2012.  You can also “Like” my author page on Facebook as well as “follow” me on Twitter. 

Join me on this exciting journey!

6 comments:

  1. Wishing you the best of luck with your new chosen path in the publishing world, Amy! I'm very excited for you and cannot wait to see your book out on the market!

    Happy New Year!!!!

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  2. It really is exciting, Amy! After reading snippets of your first one, I can't wait to actually get my hands on the whole thing. Great decision! My biggest piece of advice (not that you asked for it, but...) is to check out Kally's online presence. She did it right, getting many, many people excited long before the first book was published, matter alone, book 2 and 3. She and Donna are good models to follow.

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  3. I'm with you Amy. Onward and upward. That should be our motto.

    Write on, sister,
    Teresa R.

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  4. Thanks ladies! I love you al tons and tons!

    I've already been picking Kally's brain! She really has drummed up the interest. I hope I can follow suit!

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  5. What fantastic news! Welcome to the fold :)

    One year ago, I was exactly where you are now. I understand completely.

    There's nothing that says you cannot do both. And even in the space of one year, there's less stigma in the hearts of traditional publishing for the indie author. It might even help!

    I know it's not an easy decision and I love that you've shared it so openly and with such passion. (If that's how you write your fiction, we're all in for a treat!)

    If you have any questions about this new path, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm no expert, mind you, I'm just about a year further down the road.

    Congratulations - it's going to be a wonderful year!

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement Jennifer! It's cool to know so many who've walked this road already. Can't wait to see what 2012 holds for all of us!

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