Raven’s Peak author Lincoln Cole is here to discuss his experiences in indie publishing. The great thing about the indie community is in what we can all learn from one another. Take it away, Lincoln…
I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I’d waited long enough: I hit the publish button.
That was about a year ago, and I actually published two books around the same time. I had no clue what to expect, but I figured it was time to step out into the world and give it a try. It was terrifying and exhilarating, because up to that point the only people really reading my books were family and friends.
I sold a few copies in those first months and released a few more books. I even tried out Kindle Scout with my novel Second Chances and got painfully shot down. That didn’t really bother me, though, because every day I was learning something new and pushing in the right direction. I’ve managed to sell over three-thousand copies in this first year and worked really hard to get reviews and build a platform, but there was something I was completely lacking early on that made the entire process more difficult.
I didn’t have anyone to share my experiences, failures, and expectations with. No one in my family writes, none of my friends are authors, and I was alone on my own little island trying to figure things out for myself. My first saving grace in this nightmare was finding some amazing people through WriteOn, including my cover designer.
But I didn’t really have a solid community of likeminded people until I stumbled upon RRBC and became a member. I found RRBC through a recommendation from another person I just happened to meet online and decided to give it a try. Overnight I made dozens of new friends and had a ton of resources to help me with every aspect of publishing a book. I learned so much more in the few months since becoming a member than all of the time before it. The community of RRBC is amazing and friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about the writing process and life in general.
My only wish is that I knew about RRBC before hitting the publish button, because it would have saved me a lot of a time and grief in building my author platform. But, hey, you live and you learn.
Raven’s Peak: http://www.LincolnCole.net/ravens-peak
Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Cole/e/B00AUIOU3A
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7MhpGIAWkU
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