Indie Inspiration

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A while back I posted about switching my publishing role models. I mean, if I’m looking to self-publish, then I shouldn’t be looking to the career arcs of Veronica Roths and Suzanne Collinses and JK Rowlings. They are great role models in many ways, I’m sure, but comparing their meteoric rise to what a regular human can expect to achieve is a bit disheartening. So instead, I started looking to amazing indie authors for inspiration. The two that immediately came to mind were Sarah J Maas and Kate Avery Ellison. I love their work, and while they’ve had vastly different career paths, both are very encouraging to me as I start out.

Well, one of those inspiring authors has inspired me yet again. Kate Avery Ellison has just released a new book. I know, nothing all that amazing about that for a publishing author, right? But wait… here’s the story. She is currently writing a YA series based on Atlantis mythology called Secrets of Itlantis (find the first one here). The third one was just released in August of this year, so it’s brand spankin’ new. In fact, all three books of the trilogy were released this year. But book three? That’s not the book I’m talking about. No, somehow in between writing books two and three, she came across a draft of an older manuscript that she’d never published. So she took it back out, dusted it off, gave it some TLC and now voila! Book.

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And that, my friends, is inspirational to me. I’ve been working for three years to get one book in shape to publish (granted, it’s my first and there is quite a steep learning curve, but still…), and here she is publishing an entire trilogy PLUS an old WIP all in one year.

Is it okay to say that I want to be her when I grow up?

And the winner is…

Thanks so much to all who voted for the cover image to appear on my book! The winner is…

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I have to agree, this is a very cool photo, and it actually fits my story really well. I’m still working it all out, going through the motions of querying and being rejected (such an interesting process), but while that’s happening I’m doing all of my homework and getting ready to self-publish. I think the biggest stumbling block for me is that right now, the way the game is laid out, if I take the step to self-publish my book, then I am essentially saying “Yes, I agree to the fact that I will NEVER have an agent represent my work, and I will NEVER be a Legitimate Author in the Traditional Publishing World.” And you know, that’s a big statement. And it might be part of what I have to accept if I move forward. But honestly, I’m coming to terms with even that.  I think that it’s all in my perspective. Instead of looking to Veronica Roth as the example (although I still adore her, and will have tea with her any time she asks), I need to look instead to Sarah J Maas and Kate Avery Ellison … Indie authors who have made it, and are surviving and thriving in that environment. Sarah, who went the self-pub route and is now represented and published mainstream due to her amazing series. And Kate whose series was successful and has since been offered representation but refused it in order to maintain her own autonomy over her vision. Both are so inspiring to me in their own ways (plus I’m a big fan, find Sarah here and Kate here).

So yeah, that’s where we are. The homework continues, the querying goes on (for now), and I keep getting to be a writer. Life is good.