Today's guest post is brought to you by Michelle Grogan, author of the book Forbidden Love.
In the short time I have considered myself an Indie Author, I have learned some very valuable things in that time.
Find a Good Editor BEFORE Publishing
This is a lesson I learned the hard way. I guess I originally thought that going it on my own, self-publishing my first novel, that I wasn’t going to have the same kind of backing and support that someone connected to a publishing house would have – i.e. a marketing team, design team, and editors. Being that I had worked with my debut novel, Forbidden Love, for so many years I thought I would be able to edit and catch all the
typos myself…that was not the case and I learned it the hard way.
After reading over Forbidden Love so many times I could quote most of my own lines, I uploaded it to Amazon to be published for the kindle and sent it out into the world. I was excited and proud of myself for accomplishing a dream I had been working on for so long! And when the first few reviews started coming in, I couldn’t be happier. As I learned the ins and outs of self-promotion and marketing (remember, no marketing team at my back…) I started looking back at my newly published work, pulling quotes
and such and was devastated to find so many typos and grammatical errors! I didn’t know what to do. So, I let it go. No one else was really saying anything about it, so if I didn’t make a big deal out of it, maybe no one else would either. Wishful thinking on my part.
I’m not going to get into the grisly details, but once it became apparent that others were noticing the errors, I knew I had to do something about it. That doesn’t mean it didn’t upset me – because it did, but I didn’t let it get me down for too long. On the advice of my fiancé, I logged into ELance and found myself a free-lance editor whose turnaround time was faster than I expected and who did an amazing job!! After going through the errors she had found – and laughing at myself over how ridiculous is all was, I made the fixes she recommended and a few days later I had the new and improved version back up on Amazon, ready to sell.
So, my word of advice: find an editor, someone unbiased – who doesn’t know you personally – not a family member or friend, and make sure you are putting your best possible work out there!!
Connect With Your Readers/Potential Readers
As an Indie Author, Connect with & Support Other Indie Authors
Reviews – Everyone is Entitled to their Opinion
I have been an Indie Author since September 25, 2011…and in that short time I have learned so much and still have so much more to learn!!!
Forbidden Love is the story of Jessica Alvarez, a young woman determined to take control of her
life from a father who spent who has protected her and shielded her from the dangerous world he inhabits. It’s about Jake Rousseau, a man who does what he does out of loyalty; a man who isn’t ready to give his heart to another woman after losing the one he thought he would spend the rest of his life with. It is about Luis Alvarez, a father intent on keeping his daughter safe at all costs - even if she hates him for it. It is the story of a man willing to do anything it takes to wrest a small town from the clutches of organized crime.
In this modern play on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, one young woman will be forced
into a tug of war between the man she loves, the father who wants to protect her, and the man who will do anything - anything - to get what he wants . . . no matter the consequences. But in the end, will she succumb, much like her Shakesperean counterpart, to the ravages of two warring families, or will she rise above it all in order to have the life and love she wants?
Special thank you to Michelle for stopping by my blog! Make sure you check out her Facebook page, her book's Facebook Page, her Goodreads Profile, and her Twitter account.