The Gift of Becoming an Indie Writer
When I first made my novel available for sale, I expected a lot of things. The first was that almost no one would buy the damned thing. The next was that those who did would hate it. The surprise in my experience, however, didn’t come from my expectations being proven wrong; instead it came from the things that followed that I never gave any thought to one way or another.
Despite how it must seem online, I’m not a very social person. It’s not that I’m anti-social, it’s that I just don’t think about life in terms of human interaction. That is probably a terrible thing for a writer to admit . . . though I suppose observations have gotten me a long way both in my writing as well as my ability to “socialize” in the “real” world. My point is that I never considered I might, through publishing, make friends.
But that is exactly what happened.
It first started with S.M Boyce, author of Lichgates. An acquaintance I’d made through a critique site recommended I check out her blog. Immediately I fell in love with her voice. I read some of her reviews and thought: she’s obviously an intelligent writer, while at the same time remaining a book lover with a respect for the vision of other writers. I knew immediately I’d found a rare gem, though I had no idea that this immediate connection would turn into an invaluable friendship.
We ended up reading each other’s books. I have to admit that by the time I finished reading her creative and unique epic fantasy, I could only be shocked that she enjoyed my story as well. She was so talented. Not only that, but as we exchanged notes and got to know each other, I learned that not only was she a brilliant writer, but she was an amazing person, someone I immediately felt comfortable with, and someone who could easily make me laugh. Not even six months later, and she’s become a close friend. In fact, we MIGHT even have the opportunity to meet while I’m on vacation this summer!
It didn’t stop with Boyce, though. I met other amazing people through twitter: Robert Zimmermann, the host of this blog, is someone I can always talk openly and honestly with, and someone who always encourages me. He’s laid back; I can just be myself when I’m talking to him without worrying about saying something wrong (which is a luxury I rarely have, being as socially-inept as I am!). There was Brandon Luffman, who is not only an intelligent author, but who is an amazing support. Jason Scott Sharp, another author I met through publishing, is a brilliant mind and a kind heart; it’s rare to meet someone who cares so much for others and who is so accepting of people no matter how their beliefs may differ from their own. He’s a true example of the meaning of acceptance, while still being true to himself. He is a man who is confident enough in his beliefs to respect his own beliefs while at the same time accepting and respecting the beliefs of others.
The list of talented and supportiveIndiesdoesn’t stop there. I’ve connected with Christie Rich, Noree Cosper, Jessica Fortunato, Amber Lynn Natusch, Kayla Curry, Hope Collier, Nikki Jefford, Thomas Winship, and Valerie King. I’ve been reading their books and find myself over and over again so thrilled to realize what a magnet I am for talented, good-hearted people. Not only have I made good friends, but I’ve found amazing reading material!
Even beyond that, I’ve met other supportive friends, some of whom aren’t writers or haven’t yet published (such as Mini Chakma, Riley Ford, Samantha LaFantasie, Felicia Wetzig, Rainy Kaye, and Jennifer Sosniak). I fear I’m only scratching the surface of a very long list! Point is, they’ve all supported me in some way or another—sharing my tweets or Facebook posts, telling others about my book, making suggestions for me to improve my writing, being friends I can vent to when I’m feeling down or frustrated or angry, being friends I can share good news with (knowing they will be happy for me and appreciate the meaning of my accomplishments). I’m so lucky to have all of them. They have been one of the biggest gifts of self-publishing and the biggest surprise of all, as this isn’t something I could have even dreamed into existence. I only hope to be as good a friend to them as they have been to me.
So while I’ve had many great experiences in becoming an Indie writer, I feel these friendships have defined my experience, have made it what it is. I’m so thankful for them. For those getting into Indie publishing, I hope they can experience the joy and support of Indie friendships, because while they call it independent publishing, I have to say there hasn’t been much independent about it. I haven’t felt alone in this, not at all.
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About the Author:
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.
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