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Would I do it again?

I guess this is the question everyone who gives up a career to pursue a dream they have asks themselves at least 3 times each day. I imagine the first sign that you have made the dream a reality is when that question stops recurring.

This blog is more for those people who are considering becoming an indie author because it’s my reflections on my experience so far. To quantify it I would put it as 60% wonderful, 20% terrifying and 20% depressing.

Let’s deal with the best bit first shall we? Of course following any dream is liberating. I get to spend each day doing the thing I love. And that enjoyment has only been enhanced by hearing how much people have liked my work. So why only 60%? Well until I get to the stage where I sell anything like the numbers that means I can continue to do this full time I am not just terrified about having to find a job I like nowhere near as much as this but also the sacrifices my family and I have made to give myself a shot at this.

And that’s where the 20% depressing comes in. My biggest fear was that people wouldn’t like my work and it would show this pursuit of mine to be a folly. Yet the irony is that the thing I find most depressing is how positive the feedback has been. Whilst I am very grateful for all the messages of kindness and fabulous reviews, in a way it has made it even harder to accept that I may not be able to continue to write each day. I knew that starting out as an indie author would be tough but I never expected it to be so hard to get your book out there. Marketing the work could be a full time job in itself and, not only is it exhausting, but it’s also expensive to advertise.

So would I do it again? The truth is, at the moment I can’t really say for sure. I think it will come back to my original point whereby I will only know the answer when I stop asking myself the question.

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I’m an independent author trying to chart my own course in the vast sea of self-published works. My novels cover a variety of genres but one thing links them all: concerns with humanity. Whether it’s the greed of individuals, happy to risk what they have in the pursuit of more, or people’s indifference to the ills that blight society, so long as they are not directly affected themselves, each of my books has a dark undertone. I don’t write to change the world but perhaps my work serves to shine a spotlight on those aspects which trouble me the most. What I really seek to do is to entertain and engross. Literature finds itself with ever more competition with the different ways people can fill their leisure time, and yet no other media can spark the imagination in quite the same way. A good plot can only become compelling if the characters are rich and varied. My books are always written from their perspective and whether you find yourself rooting for them or not, you will care what happens. They are, similarly, single greatest thing that keeps me writing. I may have created these people but they take on a life of their own and often surprise me with the directions they choose. If you are a voracious reader who can’t get through the day without picking up a book, or just someone seeking a dose of fiction to accompany them beside the pool on holiday, there is much to find and enjoy in my work.

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  1. Keep them coming! 🙂

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