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A Big Thank You To The Indie Community

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Sometimes I can’t help but wonder where I would be in my writing journey if it weren’t for the amazing people who helped me along the way. When I first began, I was absolutely clueless. Prior to her death, my Momma had given me information for CreateSpace, telling me she knew I would one day make it as a published author, one way or another. Unfortunately, she passed away before I could ever get my first book published, and I was left to feel my way in the dark.

I learned the first few things myself. About marketing, book design, writing, and the slew of other things which go hand in hand with it. I was hesitant to reach out because I was unsure of the indie community. In so many other professions, people are willing to stab you in the back and bring you down a peg so they can climb on top of you and push their own way up. The indie community is nothing like that, and I’m so happy I did eventually reach out.

The indie community is made up of many people, and it isn’t just authors. We are, literally, an entire community. You have the authors, the bloggers, the editors, the designers, the avid readers, and of course, the avid reviewers. Everyone combines to work together towards pushing the group, as a whole, up and up. Once in a while you’ll find a bad seed, but it’s so rare that when it does happen, the entire community rises up in disbelief against them.

So many people have helped me in so many ways. They’ve helped me promote my work, beta read, reviewed, and offered advice. They’ve encouraged me when I felt I could go no further, referred people to my pages, told friends about my books, and most importantly, they have offered friendship. I have made so many wonderful friends in this process.

It was four years and three days ago that I finally published my first novel. I began writing ‘A Severing of Ties’ when I was sixteen years old, and it took me four years to write, edit, design, and get up the courage to publish. It literally just sat on my computer for over a year. It wasn’t good enough, I said. No one would want to read it, I said. But I was pushed along my path, and just over four years later, I am the proud author of over a dozen other titles. Several of my books have met with moderate success, and I am doing what I love. I have always wanted to write, and the lovely indie community pushed me to make my dreams come true. I am, in fact, hopelessly ecstatic that I am one of the few who has made their dreams come true.

Now is the point in time where I would like to offer my thanks. Thank you to all in the community who have helped me. You may never realize how much I appreciate your unwavering support, advice, assistant, and friendship, but needless to say, I will never be able to forget. You know who you are, each and every one of you, so thank you! I hope that, in some small form, I have been able to do for you what you have done for me.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Brill
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 12:19:36

    So well said. I wouldn’t be half the writer I am or have tackled self-publishing without the help of so many writers along the way.

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