Monday, October 05, 2015

Four Years of Lyon's Legacy and Being Indie

Tomorrow marks the four anniversary of Lyon's Legacy's publication. That also means it's been four years since I've officially become an indie author. I'm no longer a newbie, yet I still have a lot to learn about writing craft (or rather, writing what readers want),
the dreaded marketing, and managing other aspects of writing business. I admit I have fewer books out at this point than I thought I would. It's humbling seeing all the other works and writers out there, especially when they seem to be doing better than you. However, Hugh Howey wrote a blog post some time ago about how there will always be writers in front of us and writers behind us. It's important to keep that in mind, to enjoy the journey, and to help other writers when I can.

I still enjoy having the freedom to decide when a book is ready to publish. I'm grateful I can pick which editors and cover artists I work with. I can continue to promote my backlist whenever I want, and I keep a much larger share of sales than I could otherwise. As an indie, I can publish a novella in paperback and even audio, something most traditional publishers might not bother with. Every work I publish brings me closer to my goals.

I don't have any special promotions planned for tomorrow, as I want to put more work out in the Catalyst Chronicles series before promoting it. Of course, Lyon's Legacy is still permafree, so feel free to pick up a copy if you haven't done so already. In the meantime, there's more stories to write.


Pat Dilloway said...

Four years is a long time. I never remember when any of my books were released, but maybe that's because as a Man I'm lousy at remembering anniversaries.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Four years of being an author!
Would be cool to hear my books in audio, but my publisher doesn't do audio. Then again, maybe I don't want to hear them.
This month marks five years since my first book came out. What an incredible journey it's been since then.

Stephen Tremp said...

Sandra, Congrats! on the anniversary and good luck with Catalyst Chronicles.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

happy anno :O]

Sandra Almazan said...

You've got a lot of books out, Pat!

Congrats on your anniversary, Alex!

Thanks, Stephen and Mac!

Maria Zannini said...

There's a lot of comfort in being in the middle. You're finally out of that newbie, holy terror stage, and not quite to the veteran, oh, god, how am I going to top myself off next.

Congrats, hon!

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