Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Indelibles: Living the Life

One of the laments I often hear when people are considering going indie is that the author has to do everything themselves. Not exactly an accurate statement since there are many tasks that an indie author has to outsource but I understand their meaning. The author is responsible for the whole shebang. You have to make the plan and execute it.

Of course, that can seem a little daunting but how hard is it really? It’s not really that hard…it’s no harder than life. Not to minimize the challenges of indie publishing or life in general, but if you manage to live, you can manage an indie publishing career.

Everyday, we make plans and decisions. We plan our careers and to go back to school despite having a full time job. We plan to homeschool our children. Some of us plan weeklong vacations…vacations that include children. Others plan the most effective way to live in the Sandwich Generation, caring for both elderly parents and children. We do all this and then carry out the plan. And if we don’t know what to do, we do the research and find out.

Becoming an indie author is pretty much the same thing. Yes, we are making different kinds of plans, but it’s the same principal. We decide what’s best for us, we make a plan and we carry it out. If there is something we don’t know, we do research and figure it out. Or we figure out that we can’t figure it out and find someone who already has. This is life, indie life, but life nonetheless.

So for those who are planning to become an indie author, or those of us who are already on that journey, just keep living life. Indie life can be a tremendous undertaking, but so is life.


Shelly said...

I couldn't agree more. Some how we do manage it all. Some at slower paces.

Great post!

Tweeted and shared!

Hugs and chocolate,

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Great post! Being an indie author takes planning, but planning is a necessary life skill.

Lauren said...

Good points. I actually like learning all the steps, but I'm just starting. I'm sure it'll get more complicated as I "grow up" as an author.

Terri J. Haynes said...

Thanks, Shelly. We do manage and I think we forget that our skills are being sharpened in other areas of our life.
Thanks for the hug, virtual chocolate (which is way less fattening) and the comment.