Saturday, October 13, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Indie Opportunities

My fellow YA Indie Carnival members and I are sharing lots of great stories about the wonderful opportunities presented each and every day within the life of an indie author. This is one of those subjects where the answers are endless. Being an indie author has allowed me to achieve goals I'd never dreamed of accomplishing... open myself up in ways I'd never thought possible... and meet people I'd never have the pleasure of friending otherwise. 

Eighteen months and three published books later, I can easily say the most important opportunity has come in the form of great new fans, friends, followers, and fellow authors. I get new notifications on a constant and consistent basis. Most of those people chose to do little more than send me a notification and quietly follow my posts and/or reviews. The rest read, review, and rate my books. Regardless of their activity, I'm eternally grateful for every person who has reached out to me. I try to make sure to thank them all and let them know how important their feedback is because they guide me toward the author I want to be. 

I would be lying if I didn't admit it was AMAZING to make it onto several of Amazon's Best Sellers Lists. Don't get me wrong, I have dozens and dozens of more goals as it relates to best seller lists, but my accomplishments so far have meant a lot to me. 

Being an indie author has helped me to understand the importance of a good review. As an avid reader and frequent blogger. I've made it a practice to post reviews anytime I read a book that I LOVE. I don't feel the need to write about a book I don't like or demean the author who wrote it; therefore, my book reviews are always honest yet overwhelmingly positive. I won't apologize for following my mother's most important advice, 'If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.' The reason I'm mentioning my reviews is because of the satisfaction I get when another author reads them and is impressed enough to share it with their fans. That acknowledgement is as exciting as anything else I do in my indie author career. The two most memorable shares - because I adore these authors and their books - include Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, and Julie Kagawa, author of The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1). Without being an indie author, I would not have begun posting my reviews, and I would still be anonymously reading and recommending my favorite books to a few of my closest friends rather than thousands of potential readers.

Don't forget to visit my fellow authors' sites:

1.Laura A. H. Elliott 2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series4.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga
5.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 6.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
7.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter8.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
9.Ella James10.Maureen Murrish
11.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings12.A Little Bit of R&R
13.Melissa Pearl