Being an independent author has stretched me tremendously. It has shown me- myself in ways that I wasn’t quite prepared to see. As much as we’d like to think that our passions are for other people to benefit from, they are almost always for us as well; maybe even more than them. We unravel when we operate in our passions and purpose. The vulnerability is tough. This is definitely true for a writer. We have to dig deep to pull out of us what we think “will save the world” or what we can do to recreate a better one for our readers. It either shows us how committed we are or how disciplined we need to be. It shows us that we either have too much on our plate or that we do not make the most of our time.
If you’re an author who gets signed through an agent, you automatically get a team. You have an agent, you have an editor, a publicist, etc. These people are also depending on you to ensure they are successful as well as your work. When you’re independent, no one is pushing you unless you have joined a writing community that will hold you accountable. Even joining a writing community is something that you will have to decide on your own and then be disciplined to continue going. This is making a decision to continue to grow as a writer.
Being an independent author is just that, independent. Being independent means:
1) not a subject controlled by others.
2) not requiring or relying on something else.
Ultimately, your success an author or writer is contingent on you moving past, “I like writing” or “I think I want to write a book.”
Being an author is about understanding the power and reasoning behind your voice. It’s creating a platform for your voice and imagination. It’s being vulnerable and breaking down your thought processes to be received as good, bad, or indifferent. It’s knowing that on the other side of that book is someone who needs to get something from you. That could be the peace they get from reading, a teaching moment from your character or content, or an opportunity to learn a new writing style. More times than not, that brings in a desire to impress or satisfy others. You have to be careful to always remember who you are and ONLY give people who you are. The ones you were purposed to reach will be pleased.
I applaud your bravery by stepping out and doing what most haven’t or won’t. I look forward to hearing your stories.
Continue to be Brave!
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