I had an awesome weekend as an Indie Author. I participated in several Facebook events and even won a few cool prizes. One of the thoughts that kept recurring to me is how much of an investment being an indie author really is. I sold two books from all the events and I spent $11.98 to do it. For me, that tiny investment is totally worth it but it also means I spent more than I made this weekend.
Being an indie, getting my name out there and getting readers to buy my books is a challenge, an investment, and leads to a long works week. I spend about 60 hours a week working either by reading, writing, or pimping. How long do you spend working? Granted, I love my job, and it is quite fun, plus I get to do what I love: read, write, and socialize. How many people get to say that?
The best thing that happened this weekend was meeting an Amazon best-selling author and her asking me to review her book here on my blog! W-O-W! I’m excited to get to that review, but it made me realize, even the authors with a following as strong as hers still need to work their online presence. You make it to the Amazon best-sellers list and then you have to work even harder to stay there. An indie author’s job is never done. I work 60 or more hours a week now, what will it be when I’m them best-seller? I hope I can keep up!
Obviously my online presence will evolve with my work. Maybe I won’t do as many reviews or I won’t have as many personal logs–maybe by then, my blog will have evolved into something completely different than what it is now. Who knows? Personally, I can’t wait to find out. It’s an exciting journey and I am still on the edge of the beginning of it.