The biggest news in the publishing industry today is the success of self published authors. From becoming bestsellers, to selling to NYC houses and winning over millions of readers, there has never been a better (or more lucrative) time to be an indie author. At the 2013 RWA National Conference, self-published authors Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre held several workshops on how to become a self-pub success and why you might want to consider being your own boss. In the panel "Self-Publishing Chat with Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre" these authors answered audience questions on the nitty gritty that goes into self-publishing. Here is an overview on what was discussed.
Authors Barbara Freethy and Bella Andre
Beginning the workshop, Bella gave some bullet points of what authors ready to self publish should do. These included:
1) Write your next book!
2) Get a content editor and copy editor
3) Don’t price your work too low
But out of all of these tips, Bella says that the first is the absolute most important because there is no better way to market yourself than to publish that next book. And for her, this means continuing to write her popular Sullivans series. She describes the process: