Why indie authors are the only friends you’ll ever need
When I was 13, I moved to a new school. I had no friends and no one would talk to me. The mean boys would stuff my backpack into the garbage and pelt me with snowballs. (Thanks to the bullies, I honed my fiction writing about sweet, sweet revenge.)
One day on the bus, I sat next to this small, demure girl in a neon parka. Her merciful friendship rescued me. I will never forget it. (Not that I could because that girl is still my best friend. The famous parka, however, is long gone.)
Last month, I ventured into the indie world of publishing. I had no Facebook friends and no one would Tweet me. Mean spammers would stuff my author inbox with garbage (emails that began with “Dear Sir” and invited me to help transfer millions into the Central Bank of Nigeria).
One day, I received my first “like” on my Facebook page. Kayla Curry. Author of the upcoming Mystic Stones Series and organizer of the 2012 Blogger Book Fair. For a week, Kayla was the only person who liked me. Through her, I met other indie authors. Christie Rich (Five and Dark Matter) reviewed my book. S.M. Boyce (Lichgates) offered me the opportunity to pen a guest post on her blog. Thomas Winship (Vaempires: Revolution) treated me to unlimited advice and humour. And there are many others who helped rescue me.
Who are you freakishly friendly people? Do only nice people self-publish? Or does self-publishing turn you into literary Mother Teresas?
Perhaps, it is this: only indie authors understand the struggles of other indie authors.
They’ve sent countless poetic gems (in 140 characters or less) into the word abyss. They’ve pitched a billion book blogs. They’ve done the tours.
They’ve checked Amazon sales, hoping against hope that 100 books could be bought within the time it took to press “refresh.” And they’ve known the elation (and geeky happy dance) that follows those first good reviews. They don’t sleep.
Grateful for their kindness and inspired by their generosity, I am eager to pay it forward. Now I’m the girl in the neon parka. Be my friend. I can totally commiserate with you about the torture of formatting.
About Wynne Channing:
Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of theMaldivesand Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite).
She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”
An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
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