Powered by Indie Month

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Amazon announced that for the entire month of October they’re celebrating “great writing self published” through their self publishing services (Createspace, KDP, ACX). They’re calling it “Powered by Indie,” and they’re encouraging indie authors to talk about their experience, share what they love about being self published, and perhaps most importantly spread the word.

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I’ve self published three books so far and am coming out with a fourth very soon. (Remember Cursed With Power, my first book, was traditionally published.) Shadows and Embers was my first self published book, and ever since then I haven’t looked back, only forward. I love being an indie author. When I realized how I had control over every aspect of my book’s publication from the beginning to the end I couldn’t believe it. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s certainly not for everyone, and that’s what makes this month so important. We need to bring more attention to indie authors!

Everything from the book cover, release date, and even down to how the pages look are in the hands of the author when you self publish. I’ve never had the same experience twice, and I always end up learning something new. The indie community is hands down amazing and supportive. These are the people who told me “you have to be willing to stand or fall with your book no matter what,” and that’s when I knew I was ready to make the plunge.

The success I’ve seen other indie authors have is what inspired me and will continue to inspire me for years to come.

Ever single book that I’ve self published (and any book that’s self published) I put the hours and dedication to. Every step of the way I was there, ensuring that the final product was exactly how it should be for my readers. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life, but if done right, it can also be the most rewarding.

And like with anything in life some days are stressful and other days are like a walk in the park. At the end of the day, I love what I do, and I love being able to go through the process and know exactly when and where my book is releasing.

If nothing else, I hope this month of Amazon sharing indie novels will encourage you to pick one up and check it out. And if you’re an indie author like me I encourage you to tell your readers why you chose this path. Who knows if indie authors will ever be treated the same way as traditionally published authors, but I’m hoping every day we step in the right direction for progress!

A huge shout out to all my readers –because you are the reason why I’m able to continue writing and releasing these books. Thank you so much.

Lindsey Richardson

Find my indie books online:

Shadows and Embers

Thicker Than Blood

Bloodline Inheritance

October 2016

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October is here! I feel like September flew by. Maybe it was because of just how much happened in September with finishing edits and sending my book off to my editor and with the news of the move. But nonetheless, fall is upon us. And as always, with a new month I like to lay out the new goals I have.

First thing’s first. Perhaps the most important item on the list to talk about. Clara and Claire is in the hands of my editor. She’s on her second read through of the book, and then she’ll be sending me everything that I need to fix in terms of relating to the content editing. Then after that I’ll send it back to her. This process can’t be rushed. I’m working around her schedule, and she’s working with mine. But I promise you that we both are working very hard to ensure this book can release as soon as possible. Again, I sadly don’t have a release date for Clara and Claire, but I didn’t want you to think I had forgotten about the book. There will be more teasers, though I lot of them I’m saving for closer to release. We have the cover reveal, blog tour, and more to look forward to. Every time I get anything back from my editor I’m going to work hard and efficiently to get things done.

So can I guarantee that Clara and Claire will release in 2016? Not anymore unfortunately. I didn’t want to take away from the process of how my editor does her work. So when I had the choice between taking away from edits and releasing maybe in January at the earliest, or letting my editor do as she normally does and releasing sometime after January 2017, I chose the ladder. I want this book to be my best book yet. I don’t want to release it until it’s perfect and ready for you to read. So while I hate the idea that it probably can’t release in 2016, this year is coming to an end very soon and then we won’t have much longer of a wait. Obviously as the months continue I’m going to be able to give you a better idea of how close we’re looking at a release.

Again I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate everyone’s patience and support during all of this. I promise the wait is going to be worth it!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what I’m doing this month. There’s actually a lot going on this month, and some of it I’ll talk about later on. I’ll most likely be received the edits back from my editor this month so I’ll be working on that as soon as I get it. In the meantime I’ve been debating on what story I want to write next. While the break from writing is nice, I really miss writing and need to get back into it. Since November is coming up I’ve decided I’m going to pick out my NaNo novel and get to work on that. I’m aiming for my book to be well over 50k, so don’t worry I’ll edit the word count appropriately for NaNo and talk more about that once we’re closer to November.

I can’t wait to write something new, and the great part about NaNoWriMo novels is that I can share the title and the summary with you up front. Something I can’t do with what’s actually my next book that I plan on releasing (after Clara and Claire). If you follow me on Pinterest I’ve been making new boards for new books, and I’m actually deciding between two right now, so if you have any input feel free to comment below with your suggestions!

Now that October has officially begun I’m going to make it my mission to decide on my NaNo novel before the end of next week. I’ll keep you updated! If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year let me know what you’re writing or if, like me, you’re still undecided. Thank you again so much for all the support!

Lindsey Richardson