IndieReCon is an online writer’s conference for independent published authors. There are three approaches to getting your novels published: Traditional, Independent and Hybrid. Hybrid, as you might imagine, is an author that does both traditional and independent publishing.
Independent publishing has two further classifications, Self and Independent. In this case, independent encompasses using small publishing companies with an imprint. I am a self publisher who has a close relationship with a small publisher so I use the CasiePress, but I do most of my own work, so I would probably be considered more of a self publisher.
The major takeaway from IndieReCon was that I need to do a better job at marketing my books. Since I don’t write full time, I’ve neglected a number of promotional aspects of writing, so you’ll see a twitter presence (you can follow me at @guyantibes) and more facebook content… but not a lot.
My website was recently hacked, so I’ve redesigned it with all new content including links for visitors to buy my books. I’ll be redoing some of my covers along with blurbs. Lots of work.
One thing that was consistent throughout is write, write, write. If you think you’d make better use of your time writing, then write rather than go off and do something else.
Last year was pretty much a disaster for my production. No publications, but this year will be different. More short stories in anthologies and at least two novels. Warrior-Mage is written and I’m finalizing the cover. Moonstone is in rewrites. So I learned that I have to do things differently this year, including posting videos on my blog and setting up a YouTube channel. I’m looking forward to that.
One thing that I will do is create a marketing plan. What I need to do for each book and what I need to do to promote my writing career (not much of one to date.) I consider the three days that I stuffed with articles, vlogs and online chats to have been worthwhile.