Going from an Epublisher to Indie Epublishing with Author Lizzie Starr: The Adventure of a Challenge

Please help me Welcome to The WG2E, the fabulous Lizzie Starr, who’s one of the terrific authors taking part in our WG2E Street Team’s first short story collection, Tales From The Mist.

Take it away, Lizzie…

My day job is fraught with challenges as I implement the new guidelines for school lunches. One of the greatest challenges is to get kids to try something that ‘looks different’.

As an adult, I encourage the kids under my lunch watch to try new, healthy foods. An oft repeated question on the lunch line is ‘if you don’t know what it is, how do you know you don’t like it?’ Yet, I remember all too well how picky I was as a child. Even now I don’t like my food to touch so buffets are a challenge. Through taking chances, I’ve discovered a world of foods–but I still don’t care for soups and most casseroles. Ewww, food touching food.

Recently, I served beef sticks for lunch. These are like chicken fried steak rectangles about the size of fish sticks. One kindergartener refused the sticks, although at the encouragement of his teacher, took one. And a few minutes later returned for the rest of his serving. He liked beef sticks. He really liked them. So, this young student answered my call to adventure, and tried something new.

While acting as the goals guru for my local writing group I encourage my writing friends to try new things. And let me tell you, adults can be even more stubborn than kids! No, I’m not promoting beef sticks, but rather trying something new with their writing or simply activities that stimulate learning our craft.

We’ve taken writing challenges, studied various books on the craft of writing, done round robin writing and written scenes prompted by a word or phrase… a fun variety. Now some of us are involved in our yearly minano (a mini-nanowrimo where we each choose a stretching goal that might not be that whole 50,000 words).

A call to adventure.

Making the decision to move my books from an e-publisher to doing it myself Indie has been an adventure—as I’m sure you all have already or will soon experience. A grand adventure, one filled with learning and process. Of messing up and fixing. Of re-learning and teaching. Frustration and joy. Oh, so many challenges. But so much fun!

And just think. There’s new adventures waiting around every corner!

What adventures—writing or otherwise–are next on your list? Are there challenges you really don’t look forward to facing?

The Best of Indie Epublishing Adventures — Lizzie Starr

*Lizzie always made up games and stories to keep her company, so, a witch lived in Grampa’s weather research station and was only held at bay by waving a certain weed. An ancient road grader morphed into boat a carrying wild adventurers to islands filled with sheep that turned into lions and cannibals. Now, filled with fantasy and love, the stories of her imagination have found their way into the mundane world. And when *lizzie has to return to that mundane life, she’s *the Lunch Lady* at a private school. Author and lunch lady~~what a combination!

*She adores hearing what you think about her tales of romance with a sparkling twist. You can visit her blog at http://starrwords.blogspot.com, her  website at www.lizziestarr.com or contact her at:lizistarr@gmail.com


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Comments

  1. Sibel Hodge says:

    Great piece, Lizzie, thanks so much for sharing! You’re right, it’s definitely been an adventure for me, too, and I’ve learned so much in the last couple of years. I’m still learning every day, and the journey is fantastic! :)

    • Isn’t it? And the best part…all the fantastic folks you meet along the way.

    • Loved your piece, Lizzie. I often thought of publishing a book of my short stories (I have sold more than 60). For me, a challenge on my day job is trying to do better on the new project we may or may not get. I had a setback last year when I had knee surgery and developed pneumonia and almost died. As a result, I’m not yet back to 100 percent on the day job and hope to do better every day. Writing-wise, a challenge is finishing my latest WIP and getting it on Amazon. My first two e-books went live as of October 12th. This book isn’t going as well as the first two or my first ever romance novel, that I sold to a small press publisher in 1998.

  2. Tamara Ward says:

    Thanks, Lizzie! I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone on occasion during my writing career, also. Like enrolling in Kindle Select last March for the first time. Or like speaking in front of groups – that always makes me a bit nervous! It seems like, with the way the publishing world is today, there’s always lots of opportunity for adventure.

    • Sometimes it feels like everything is outside my comfort zone. :)
      And you know, I speak quite often to small groups and I still get nervous. Even when I’m simply teaching hand washing skills to kindergartners.

      • SK Holmesley says:

        Ah yes, but kindergartners are the most terrifying (memories of babysitting in my teens, the logic defying logic of my son at 5 and now my granddaughter).

  3. Julie Day says:

    The one thing I have yet to do and will be a challenge is to create a Table of Contents in an ebook. All my stories so far don’t have one, and my next romance ebook is going to be formatted by my editor friend. The other thing would be a blog talk.

    • Oh, table of contents. I haven’t done that either. But I will soon since I’m formatting a cookbook for my writers’ group. A TOC is totally necessary there, isn’t it.

      Just keep going–every new skill puts us one step ahead!

  4. The Table of Contents was super easy when I followed the directions in ‘Building Your Book for Kindle’ which is free on Amazon.
    I had to chuckle when you stated, ‘messing up and fixing’…that seems to be my motto! LOL
    Eventually I hope to get proficient in doing it the ‘first’ time. Fingers crossed here.
    It’s good to have challenges, and indie publishing is a challenge.
    But it’s the best fun I’ve ever had when everything goes right.

    • And sometimes once you get past the fixing, that’s kinda fun, too. Personally, I’ve kinda given up on getting things right the first time. Sigh. But each time I format or go back in and find yet another one of those pesky things that always seem to get missed… There must be a land sorta like where missing socks go, where misspellings and odd punctuation like to hide.

    • Oh, and helpers like the Amazon book or Smashword’s guide are so valuable in getting through the process–no matter who’s doing the formatting.

  5. Indie pubbing has been a challenge that at times is so very hard, and yet, at the best, it’s just awesome! Either way, I learn and grow, and I’m happy where I am–in control of my writing future.

  6. I like the call to adventure, lizzie.
    I have done two ebooks now, Christmas novellas, plus re-released three out of print books as ebooks.
    It’s an adventure all right!!!!

  7. oh my gosh, I could LIVE on soup! I adore soup. Soup is heavenly. lol

  8. Mary, whaaat? You have out of print books already??

  9. Debra Hines says:

    Lizzie,

    I really like your approach to having the kids try new foods–going to try it out on my grandchildren :)

    I am working at responding to my own, “call to adventure” with respect to my writing aspirations/goals.

    Thank You!

    • Thanks, Deb.
      Although I have to admit the blank looks I get when I ask my question does make me wonder. There are days if the student can’t tell me what it is they don’t want (the menu is posted at the beginning of the serving line) I put a tiny bit on their tray anyway. There have actually been times the student has tried and come back for more!

      We do tend to tune out that call to adventure, don’t we? But once you hear it, you can’t ignore it for too long.

  10. Monica Davis says:

    Lizzie,

    Perfect timing on your article…thanks so much! I’ve always been a contrarian, so no surprise that I put out my paper book before an ebook. My next adventure is down the ebook path.

    So much great info on this website. I’ll be going back through the archives to read up on all of the great suggestions. This site is where I learned about the Goodreads giveaway program…and I just put my new release into the mix–5 copies. Here’s the link:

    http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/36597-wisdom-of-the-toga-mythic-patterns-that-shape-our-lives

    Thanks, Lizzie for this great article…and DD for hosting such a terrific resource site…and of course to the many contributors willing to share each and every day.

    • Monica,
      Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together–or there’s a blog that speaks to just what you need to hear that day? Synchronicity is pretty darn spectacular.

      I’ve yet to venture into the goodreads giveaways. I’ll have to put that on my adventure list!

      Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lizzie;

    Thanks for the great post! I’m definitely in the learning phase with my first book coming out in January. At times I feel like I have everything under control, but more often than not, I wonder if I’m going to run out of time before my pub date!

    • I know what you mean. I feel like I totally lost the entire month of October! Don’t worry, Michelle, I’m sure your timing will be just perfect for your book’s release. Keep us posted here on how it goes!

  12. David Slegg says:

    Thanks, Lizzie!

    Great post. I never would have thought of that analogy.