Prior to being an author myself I served on the Oswego Reading Council's board, as publicity chair and then as president. One of the responsibilities our team managed each year was to secure guest authors to speak at our monthly dinners for the teachers of Oswego County. We spent months contacting, scheduling, and planning for authors of different genres and presentation styles. The goal was to engage, educate, and inform local educators while also promoting the guest author.
On more than one occasion an author refused our invitation to speak at our events because their "publisher" wouldn't allow them to. Although the author was speaking to a school in the area, at the college, or a local book store ~ they weren't "allowed" to speak to our organization. Other times, the author could speak but at a cost well above our budget. So, it was a challenge yet one that prepared me for this journey, as author.
As an indie author, I don't need anyone's permission to accept or refuse an engagement. If our local library or bookstore call, I can accept. If I want to set a tent up at the local farmer's market, in the heart of my community, I can (and have). Of course, with a publisher or agent scheduling your bookings, they negotiate prices to ensure the author is making money and not losing it. An aspect of the indie life I personally find very challenging. With each new speaking engagement, I'm learning.
I'm learning as I go with the help of other authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs. A successful indie life isn't one traveled alone, it requires the ability to give and receive help, advice, and support of others. I'm thankful each day for God's leading to self publish and for the people He's placed in my life to move me forward with His plan, not mine.
I have two books out currently with the third to be released later this week. A tidbit about each is below. Click on the book cover for a direct link to Amazon.com for more information or to purchase any of my books.