The birth of an author

Before I published Cemetery Shift, I thought that once the book was out the process of having become an indie author would be complete.

Well. Not quite. Despite being far from new to the theory behind publishing an e-book, I had failed to take into account some of the immediate practicalities.

A published book alone does not an author make

As it turns out, after clicking ‘publish’ (in this case, on Amazon), an indie author still needs:

  • Patience. I am naturally impatient-a trait which often benefits me (as it kicks me into action more often than not), but which is utterly useless when I have to wait for things I can’t control. Like the book’s status to change from ‘publishing‘ to ‘live‘ in the Amazon backend system KDP. I still don’t know what was actually going on there, but I had to hold myself back to keep from wasting hours constantly refreshing the page.
  • More patience. I thought I’d prepared my social media and web presence thoroughly. After all, I had this website, a Twitter account, e-mail list, and a Goodreads account already. What more could I possibly need to prepare? Okay, admittedly I was aware I would have Amazon author central and a Goodreads author profile—I just sort of expected them to create themselves. Not so —and for each of them I needed to wait additional hours for the creation requests to be approved. Impatient Nina might have done more refreshing at this stage.
  • A healthy dose of forgetfulness. Because really, if I keep constantly reminding myself that my words are now out there being read by people I will be too distracted—and writing the next thing is my main responsibility right now.
  • Gratitude. Admittedly, this came by itself. When I announced my book launch to a few of my friends, I hadn’t expected the overwhelming positivity and excitement I was met with—including word of mouth recommendations of my work to others. I am thankful to have such supportive people around me, though it is certainly not something I take for granted. I will look for chances to repay these kind people whenever I can.
  • To think before they speak—particularly about their stories. When people started asking me things about my book and characters, I realised that what I say about these things now seems to hold another weight. Suddenly, any little remark can be a potential spoiler, and whatever I write becomes canon. It’s a strange feeling after having my work live in the ethereality of being in progress for so long, and something I haven’t yet decided how to deal with.

So far, I’m only at the very beginning of my author journey, and I’m sure I will find more unexpected new insights along the way. After all, constant development is rather the point.

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