(Originally posted at the WG2E blog. I’m talking about my indie journey, publishing The Valentine Grinch in the WG2E Viva La Valentine Anthology, and publishing Wedding Fever and Baby Fever with the Bandit Creek Group.)
It’s a chilly, foggy day here in my little part of the world. Up on the prairies of Canada, we’re waiting for spring to arrive. What does this have to do with my indie journey?
I’m one of those impatient people, always looking to the next season. Spring, when I get to shop for flowers and spend the sunny afternoons on my knees, digging the young plants into the dirt. Summer, when the flowers bloom and fill the yard with colors and scents, and I get to enjoy the fruits of my labour. Fall, when I put away the watering can and make notes on what worked and what didn’t. And winter, when I hibernate inside the house, quiet and warm in front of my computer.
This has been my indie journey thus far, seasons of hard work, pleasant surprises, evaluation, and of course, the writing.
When I discovered the WG2E blog, I instantly fell in love with the idea of indie publishing. In the spring of 2011, I ventured forth and indie published my mother-in-law’s Soups For All Seasons cookbook. I learned how to format an ebook, tried to design the cover only to learn I didn’t have an eye for design, and had to hire a local photographer to finish the cover job for me.
A few months later, Tawny Stokes (who also writes as Vivi Anna), introduced indie publishing to my local RWA chapter. Thirty two authors joined together to write and indie publish a series of books set in a small fictional Montana town. The stories ranged from contemporary to historical to erotic, from horror to suspense to mystery … or as the logo on the Bandit Creek Books website states Everything Happens in Bandit Creek.
I have two contributions to the series, a short story in the Fool’s Gold anthology, titled Baby Fever, which will be available on April 1, 2012, as well as a novella, titled Wedding Fever, which will be out July 15, 2012. Both stories are humorous women’s fiction.
While working on my Bandit Creek stories, D.D. put out the call for authors interested in contributing to the WG2E All-For-Indie books and my contribution to the Valentine Anthology edition, titled The Valentine Grinch, became my first story to enter the indie publishing scene. Essentially, I’m still a newbie in this business, but I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people like D. D. Scott and Tawny Stokes.
Thank you to the WG2E blog for inviting me to share my indie journey today. If I have one piece of advice to share, it’s to write, write some more, then keep on writing.
I’d like to say a special thanks to D.D. Scott for her commitment to the WG2E community. This is my go-to place for all things indie and I’m filled with gratitude for DD’s enthusiasm and devotion to the indie community.