Indie Authors get a bad rap.
I've been called lazy, cowardly, told I was vanity publishing, you name it I've probably heard it. People assume that Independent Authors are either too lazy or too scared to go the traditional route. I'll admit to being scared, but I'm just as scared on this route, trust me. But I don't know why they tell us we're lazy. Saddles & Sabotage was done and edited over a month before release, and I was still working to get it published. Do you know why? Because I am the graphic designer, the blurb writer, the marketing director, the formatter ( I don't think that's a word), and occasionally the photographer.
But you know what? Even though I am living and breathing this job right now, I wouldn't have it any other way. I am proud to be an indie author.We are a hardworking, brave bunch of folks. When the cover comes back imperfect, it's on us. When the blurb doesn't nail it, that's my bad. The risks are high because I've got no one to blame but myself. But if the risks are high, then so are the rewards. I'd like to say thank you for your patience. It's not an easy job, but knowing I have people waiting for me to finish is what keeps me pushing through.
I remember when I was younger, I complained about the space between release dates on books. It's taken being an author to realize this one truth:
Writing the book is the easy part.
Thank you for waiting while I do everything else.