It's that time of the month again! You know it, nothing is sacred on the blog. You guessed it, it's the "Indie Life" monthly post. What were you thinking? Oh, you silly, silly, reader. There are some things you don't put on the blog. TeeHee
Anyway, let's celebrate the life of the Indie author. Some of you might be asking, "What is the Indie Life?" This is a great question so I'll start here. An "indie author" is one that opts to take control of their writing and publishing by self-publishing. This is a risky, time consuming, and more involved process than most understand YET it is also very rewarding and worth every second of effort.
I spent a couple years developing and revising my book proposal. I submitted to multiple publishers and a couple agencies for representation. I learned a lot about myself, my book, and the writing for publication process as I worked through this necessary step to have a book published in the traditional manner.
There is a part of me who still dreams of having a big publishing house offer me a contract and then the bigger dream, to hear from Hollywood to transform Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey into a movie to raise awareness for the siblings left behind after their brother or sister disappears. I'm still a little girl at heart with big dreams but the grown-up and realist recognizes some things just happen in the movies.
I'm glad I decided to self-publish. This allowed me to release Where's Heidi? on the nineteenth anniversary of my sister's kidnapping. Heidi remains missing today yet our hope is constant. Another reason I chose the
Indie life was to maintain control of my scheduling. As an Indie author I have the freedom to do book signings when and where my schedule allows instead
of following the publisher's timeline. This allows me to continue my weekdays as teacher's assistant, with my evenings and weekends as author and speaker.
The Indie Life isn't designed for wimps or those unwilling to sacrifice a little to reach a goal. If you have a story to tell but desire to maintain control of your schedule, release date, or marketing then take a deep break, pray, and start the path to making your name and platform known to others as the newest Indie author. I have two books out, both available on Amazon.com (direct link on book cover). Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey and When the Waves Subside ~ There is Hope are available as a print book or on Kindle.
Thanks for visiting today - come again! Something new each day...
Do you aspire to be an indie author? What's stopping you?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323