Perks & Perils of being an Indie Author

Perks and Perils of Being an Indie AuthorA number of months ago, Barbara Kyle, an author, writing coach and speaker, asked me to do a presentation on being an indie author as part of a two-day writing workshop called Crafting the Page-Turner. I said yes, of course, and the big event was October 18th.

Armed with diagrams, survey data and my favourite PowerPoint, and with the objectives of (1) illuminating some of the challenges and rewards of self-publishing, (2) dispelling the fear of marketing, and (3) offering practical insights and ideas, I pulled together a presentation covering six topics:

  • Changing industry dynamics – or it’s not enough to write a good book
  • Publishing comes in different flavours
  • Why indie?
  • Professionalism is essential
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Building a plan

If any of you dear readers would like a copy of the presentation, let me know either by email mktod[at]bell[dot]net or in the comments so I can send it along.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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8 Responses

  1. I attended Mary’s presentation and it was marvellously helpful and interesting. Mary always includes so much thought into her posts, so I knew this presentation would rock. And it did. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Perks and Perils, whether you think you have already read up everything there is on the web or in print, whether you have or have not decided to go the Indie author path, and even if you are already published traditionally or indie.

  2. Hello, Mary! Your “Perks and Perils of Being an Indie Author“ presentation sounds very interesting. May I have a copy of it?

    BTW, I enjoy your blog posts a great deal.

    Thanks — Sherry Christie

  3. Me too please…I am just in the process of writing my first historical fiction novel and I have completed the second draft. So, the stroy is up and running and now its up to the character to let me help them define themselves:):)

  4. What a great topic for a conference. And, yes, I’d love to get a copy of your presentation. Thanks, Mary.

  5. Mary, I would love to look at your presentation. Thanks for your generosity. Hope the program went well! Wasn’t that up in Canada? (I forgot where you live.) Barbara is going to be a keynote speaker in Birmingham, Alabama next year (Alabama Writers Conclave). TK


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