I’m thrilled to have S.M. Boyce here today. Boyce is the author of the Grimoire Trilogy. I’ve read the first book, Lichgates, and loved it! I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Treason, this fall. In her guest post today, Boyce talks about her journey to self-publishing, and the Indie Author Index she’s created. So without further ado, I give you, Boyce!
When I started researching self-publishing last year, I had no idea what I was doing. I was like that meme with the scientist dog. Yes, even with the glasses.
All my research at the time focused on blog hopping and learning bits here and there. I spent weeks debating as to whether indie was better than traditional. I hung out on J. A. Konrath’s blog a lot, visited various independent publishers, and watched forums. I was a lurker, but I didn’t feel I could contribute to the conversation.
There wasn’t a guide—well, not a free one anyway. I could pay for tons of them, sure, but how did I know they would help at all? I had to guess, and I made a lot of mistakes along the way. I made a lot of friends, too. Combined, my friends and mistakes taught me a lot, but I hit a lot of roadblocks to get where I am.
I’m not alone, either—that’s how most authors learn. Egregious mistakes. Some can’t recover from their mistakes, either…they say something stupid that blows up in their face or they publish a book before it’s ready because they don’t know better.
I decided I wanted to help out, to share what I’ve learned so far, but I wanted to do it in a free environment to help authors jump over those roadblocks. That way, everyone can just focus on writing better. Authors can produce better work and learn how to properly interact with readers on forums and in the comments on review threads so PR disasters don’t happen.
To make life easier for authors—and to help writers determine if they even want to get into the indie business—I came up with the Indie Author How-To Index. This is a step-by-step index with posts I’ve created in the past and a list of scheduled posts to help indies learn about the process, from writing to publication to PR.
Of course, I’m always looking for new posts to add. If you have suggestions, let me know. Feel free to add to the discussions, too, because I’m constantly updating the posts with new information people mention in the comments.
I hope this helps at least one indie out there. If this makes at least one person’s life easier, it was worth every hour I spent writing and researching the posts.
Happy writing, all.
Author Bio & Contact
S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. She’s a sarcastic twit, but her friends seem to like her anyway. She updates her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning (phht, who uses coffee?). Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to both be pompous and serve you french fries.
Grimoire Trilogy #1
Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that all want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control her.
Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book – one question that can fix everything in his broken life – and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.
There’s no escaping Ourea. There’s no going back now.
Grab your copy of Lichgates
Grimoire Trilogy #2
Available October 2012
Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into the dark and stunning world of Ourea, and all because of that stupid Grimoire she found. The armies are amassing, the traitors are revealed, and she is alone.
The war has started.