I know, dear reader, the indie author title either sounds romantic or it reads a bit like a movie about enslavement from a few years back. Well, you’re not too far wrong with that thought. In many ways I’ve been enslaved, but it’s been a labour of love and as a bonus, I’ve learned a lot and sold a few books too.
It was an odd introduction to being an indie author, I had written a book, and another was on the way, but I wasn’t getting anywhere with trying to land an agent or a publisher. It was the same old story.
“Interesting book but doesn’t fit our portfolio.”
So, no matter who I emailed or wrote to it was always the same rejection letter, just worded slightly differently.
At this time, I was designing t-shirts for printing and embroidery and doing a market near Limassol in Cyprus. It was while I was there that a young man came up and asked me how much it would cost him to have a few t-shirts printed. He wanted to give them away to promote his new book.
“Oh, what’s your book about?”
“It’s about my life as a DJ.”
“Who is publishing it?” I’m always one for grabbing an opportunity if I can!
“I am,” he said.
“Oh, vanity publishing.”
“No. I’m an indie author. I’m publishing my book on Kindle.”
“What’s a kindle?”
That was the quintessential moment when my life as a writer changed, inexorably. He went into great depth to explain to me what a kindle was and what kdp (kindle direct publishing) was. That was it, I was hooked. The very next day I had an account with kdp and was working on a cover and getting my word document ready for publishing on kindle. And it worked. I made a few mistakes, gave far too many away and sold less than I should have done, but even so, there are over a thousand copies of my first book out there in the wide world and it gained some good (some bad) reviews, but nonetheless, I had made the transition from being a writer to being an author. That’s something to be proud of.
Since then, I’ve gone from strength to strength and sold a lot more books, some selling well others not so well. But in all this, I’ve been a slave to something I have enjoyed doing and would willingly do it all over again.
Here’s to the next ten years.
Copyright © Tom Kane 2021
The Brittle Sea was published in June 2020 and is part of a trilogy. The second book in the trilogy, The Brittle Land, will be published in June 2021. You can read part of The Brittle Sea for free by clicking on the Preview button below.