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Tips for indie authors

Freedom to write and publish

on June 20, 2017

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Yes, free at last to pursue my passion. I’ve been pursuing it for the last few years though, but I feel that I’ve been hampered and shackled by factors outside of my control. My dedication to the art of writing has been tempered by my obsession with sales (or lack, thereof!) of my books. I used to get quite disheartened when I used to look at my sales graph and it resembled an ECG reading of a sloth! But I feel confident enough from reviews and feedback to know that I have a writing style that appeals to some. So, I don’t take any negative sales personally any more.

I’ve come to the realisation that no amount of social media activity will ever influence sales, and I’ve never been an active user anyway. I’ll hold my hands up and say that my sales for the last few months have been disastrous, but here’s the thing, I’m not affected by it any more. I used to think that I’d never be free of feeling disillusioned by the lack of activity. But when you know you have a good style and a solid product and you, above all believe in it, then that’s all that matters.

I love writing and the freedom and peace of mind it affords me. I’m writing this in case there are other authors out there in the same position as me. Sales are great, and each one I get I’m grateful for, but never lose sight of why you felt the need to start writing in the first place.

And before anyone berates me for my lack of enthusiasm about social media and the like, I haven’t given up on promoting my books. I just feel the need to expend more energy on writing and trying to stay positive.

Do you feel disillusioned about your sales success? Contact me and we can have a good moan together! :0

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