Have you ever considered self-publishing an ebook? A lot of writers are choosing this path. Some reasons that people decide to do this are….well, why not let indie writer Kylie Betzner tell you about her experience, in her own words…
Q: What made you decide to self-publish?
A: Most writers have a file cabinet full of rejection letters from agents and publishers, but I never actually pursued the traditional route. After much research, I opted to go non-traditional because that route just suited my personal idiom.
Q: What has pleased you most about self-publishing?
I’m a bossy person so having all of the say in the cover art, the publication date, and even the font in the paperback is a huge plus for me. Most of all, I like being able to tell the story I want to tell exactly how I want to tell it. You don’t always get that with traditional publishing because you have an agent and publisher to please. The only person I have to please is myself … and hopefully my readers.
Q:What kind of publicity have you done on your novels?
Most of my publicity is done online through blog tours, interviews, online events, etc., but I make a point to attend at least one public event each month, weather permitting. Honestly, I prefer in-person interactions more than online ones. Not that I haven’t met a lot of cool people through WordPress and Twitter, but nothing compares to real face-to-face interaction.
Q: What has gotten your books the most attention?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I’d like to think it’s all those social media sites I’ve wasted—er—spent so much time on, but it’s probably word of mouth. I have several supportive friends online and in-person who have been great spokes persons for my writing. I can’t thank them enough.
Q: What strategies have worked for you as an indie writer and what have not?
As an indie author, I’ve found that traditional marketing doesn’t always work the same as it does for famous authors. Unlike GRR Martin, I can’t just tweet about my writing once a month and expect 1,000 likes and comments. As a nobody author, I have to be active on social media and interactive as well. I have to build a brand all by myself and gain followers one at a time.
For me, being real and interactive has helped me gain respect and popularity in the indie author world. Keeping a blogging schedule has also helped.
I’m still pretty new at this whole publishing thing so I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing wrong. Haha!
Q: Are there any indie writers who have inspired you either creatively or from a business perspective?
One of the first indie authors I took notice of was Charles Yallowitz. His series demonstrates the creative potential of non-traditionally published works. Nicholas Rossis and Adam Dreece are two indie authors I admire for their professionalism and success. I hope to be as successful as they are in my own endeavor.
Q: What are some of the most important things you’ve learned as an indie writer that you would tell someone who might be considering self-publishing an ebook?
If you’re considering self-publishing, be prepared for the work, the expenses, and the disappointments. It’s not always a wonderful life. Self-publishing is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. The rewards can be few and far between, but they make it all worthwhile. Congratulations in your decision and good luck. And may the force be with you.
Marc: Well, there you have it from Kylie herself. And while you’re at it, check out her books at Amazon.com. One more thing, about the last line in her interview, I’m sure she meant to say, “Live long and prosper.”