Okay. I promised an Indie Publishing Chronicles post every Thursday and I have succeeded mightily in failing you all. For that, I apologize. Life happens. But now, let’s get on with the shit.
So, you want to know the first step that must be taken in order to enter into the world of Indie Publishing? Well, to appropriate a quote that is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, you must first write something worth reading.
Sound a little opaque? It’s really not. In fact, I’m going to appropriate another quote, this one from Toni Morrison: if there’s something you want to read, write it. That, my friends, is how you determine if something is worth reading.
No, it really is that simple.
For instance, I wanted to write GUESTLIST because no one else has (to my knowledge) written a novel about the world of nightlife from a similar perspective. I wanted to write something that lifted the velvet rope and gave VIP access, so to speak, to the people and shenanigans that are typically found in the near mythical world of celebs, models, and bottles service. Judging from my readers’ reactions (4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon; 4.21 average rating on Goodreads), I’ve done a pretty good job.
So, I say all that to say this: you already know what’s worth reading because you want to read it. Now that you’re armed with this information, you’re ready for the next step – go forth and write it.
That’s all for now. Yes, that’s all. Begin writing. I’ll talk about the next step next Thursday. It will seem obvious, but believe me when I say it’s something that’s generally overlooked. See you then.
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