Please help me give a Wonderful WG2E Welcome and Shout-out to our guest, Karla Darcy, who’s sharing her tips on Rising Above Not Knowing What You’re Doing in Your Indie Epublishing Journey.
Indie Publishing is really scary! It’s like walking a tightrope without a net. I’m a writer and never thought I’d have to learn the BUSINESS of writing. Boy was I wrong. At first I was really feeling overwhelmed but realized that if I was going to enter this brave new world I needed to get a grip. I found a mentor in Diane Capri, a fantastic thriller writer I’ve known for years. She’s one of the smartest people in the business and someone I’m honored to call a friend. She set me on the path to self-publishing and has been my guiding light through out.
So first I needed a website. A friend of my daughter set up my first website. But as usually happens when you don’t know what you’re doing, your ideas change as you learn things. As I looked at other authors’ websites, I wanted new things added to mine. Since I’m on a limited budget I thought I’d better start to learn how to make the changes to my own website.
The great thing about the internet is that one can be connected to so many sources of help. When you’re drowning you just reach out to the generous authors who can help you learn. So that’s what I did. I asked questions on loops and joined authors’ groups and read everything I could. I discovered a world of help among my fellow authors.
I’m not very artistic so when it came to covers I had a lot to learn. I brought in some samples to my writing group, SpacecoasT Authors of Romance. The STARS suggested my tag line of a Sweet Deception Regency. They recommended some font changes and backgrounds for my covers. Tara O’Shea who created my covers did a spectacular job. I’m particularly partial to the one she did for The American Bride. She caught the look of a feisty American who comes to England as the bride of an English Lord. Disguised as a dowdy governess in order to get to know her husband without his knowledge, the only time she feels like herself is when she sneaks away from the estate to ride.
Then there were all the different formats. Once again I asked friends and fellow writers for suggestions and I chose Amy Eye, http://theeyesforediting.com. She was so thoroughly patient and professional that I felt I could relax. I was definitely in good hands.
I’ve never been very good at marketing. I didn’t think I’d have to know about it except as some kind friend mentioned to me “how is anyone going to know that your book exists.” Diane and other authors showed me the joys of Facebook and Twitter. More to learn but it’s been totally worth it.
This year my book The Scandalous Ward made it to #1 on the Amazon Books Romance Regency list and The American Bride made it to #5 on the Amazon Hot New Releases – Regency Romances. Not bad for a newbie who started out knowing nothing.
Yes I rose above not knowing what I was doing by reaching out a hand to a lot of people who helped me. I’ve learned that it can be a lonely journey unless you remember you’re not alone and that with the help of friends anything is possible. If you’re looking for a happily ever after story that’s the lesson to learn. Ask for help when you need it and support the other authors you meet along the way. Give a shout out to those who have helped you!
Okay, WG2E-Land: Who have you asked for help? And please share your Go-To Resources for Indie Epublishing…
Karla Darcy lives with her husband, several tame geckos and an occasional friendly snake on the Treasure Coast on the east side of Florida. She has always felt she lived in the Regency period in a past life. Her early writings were musical comedies and humor columns so it was an easy transition to the romantic and humorous style of Regencies. Lovely dresses, masked balls and witty conversations, which contained saucy double entendres, were the perfect cup of tea for this author.
Karla discovered years ago that you don’t have to be a bitch to write a Regency but it helps. Tone is everything in the era of witty repartee. Dialogue has to have that snap that makes Regency conversations sparkle.
Stay connected with her online: http://www.karladarcy.com
She’d love to connect with you on Twitter. She likes to talk to people who enjoy interacting with authors.