Why I’ve decided to do it the Indie way

I’m a big believer in following dreams. Setting ourselves goals, whether these are small or big goals, helps to give every individual something to work towards. It is so easy to be dragged along the customary way of doing things. Being stuck in a 9-5 job that you hate. Is this really why we are here? I like to believe not! There is so much more out there, so many opportunities to live a happy and fulfilling life. Your job is to find the right route for you and put steps in place to make sure it works.

My dream, for as long as I can remember, was to be an author. I’m so passionate about writing, whether this is telling a story or writing for therapeutic purposes. Unfortunately there has always been a stigma attached to writing, there has been a belief that if you haven’t got an agent then you’re not good enough, but times have changed. Writers are allowed to be writers without passing the approval of an agent or publisher.

It’s authors such as Lindsay Buroker, Joanna Penn, Kirsty Greenwood and Anna Bell, who have inspired me to go for it. Lyndsay and Joanna both have fantastic websites, blogs and other information which help Indie authors. Kirsty and Anna are both part of the Novelicious team, and if you like chick-lit, this is the place to be.

So, after much research I went for it … imageHow My Life Became Chaos was released on kindle in July 2012. I was over-whelmed by the response. I actually made it into the Top 100 in women’s fiction. It was quite a buzz, let me tell you. I realised I could actually do this. The drafts were already complete for the rest of the Chaos Series, so I set about re-drafting & re-drafting & re-drafting – you get the picture.

It has also been decided recently that 50% of the profits for How My Life Became Chaos will go towards the Hope for Holly Charity.

 

 

Will the chaos end - 3D coverWill the Chaos End? was released on kindle in May 2013. Feedback has been amazing. I’m so lucky to have such fantastic support.

 

Never-Ending Chaos is due out in July .

 

 

So it’s all been very busy here at Vic HQ.

When I was growing up, writing was always classed as hobby. I wasn’t really encouraged to take such a route, so my endless stories that I scribbled in school notebooks just became a collection. Something my sister would read. Amazon and other companies have made it possible for people like me to have a writing career. I was always frustrated that becoming an author wasn’t something we could study, something that would lead into a certain career. Yes, I have an MA in Creative Writing, but this doesn’t lead to being published. The agents and publisher have always decided who would be allowed to follow such a route. I would listen to my peers at school, some wanted to be hairdressers, beauty therapists, work in office, or bank. Look at the degrees that are available, most lead to a job in that industry. But it’s not like that for writing. Writing is so subjective. It’s finding your audience, knowing your genre and making it work for you and your readers. I’m just so pleased there is a way in which writers can now put themselves out there.

Unfortunately for many writers, it’s the marketing where they struggle. If anyone is wanting to follow this route, definitely check out Joanna Penn’s website, it has some fantastic tutorials and workshops on how to market yourself as a writer.

I’m happy to be joining these amazing authors or an exciting journey. Click here How My Life Became Chaos to purchase the first in the chaos series, and remember 50% of the profits go towards the amazing charity Hope for Holly.

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