Author Lincoln Cole Talks Publishing

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.


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41 thoughts on “Author Lincoln Cole Talks Publishing

  1. Rhani D'Chae

    Lincoln, that’s a great post. I think all of us have probably felt the same way when we were starting out, but the lucky ones have found their way to the front door of #RRBC. I’m looking forward to reading Raven’s Peak. Beem, thanks so much for hosting today.

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  2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Lincoln Cole thanks for this informative blog. We’re glad you found RRBC too and hope you have a wonderful experience on this tour.

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  3. rijanjks

    I think we’ve all experienced that panicked feeling right before we push the “publish” button. It is comforting to find a group like #RRBC who shares the same journey and supports authors! Good interview with Lincoln and thanks for hosting, Beem.

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  4. Jan Hawke

    There’s nothing to beat the feeling you get as an author when you know that you have RRBC support at your back! Your tour’s off to a great start, Lincoln! 😀
    Thanks for having us all around, Beem 🙂

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  5. Karen Ingalls

    It is good, but sad to hear that almost all of us had similar feelings, fears, and concerns as you did, Lincoln. I know I thought…”What do I do now?” Well the answers came with patience and persistence. Then the answers really started pouring in when Kathryn Chastin Treat introduced me to RRBC. I have Raven’s Peak on my TBR list.
    Great interview, Beem.

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  6. Bill Ward

    Hi Lincoln, glad we bumped into each other online! Ravens Peak is up to number 2 on my tbr so really looking forward to reading it in the next couple of weeks as I have enjoyed all your other books.

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  7. ParallelLookingGlass

    Thank you for sharing this very useful article. When I finally made the decision to become a writer I had the drive and determination. I just don’t have any idea what I’m doing. One of the biggest things I’ve been focusing on is becoming a member of a writing community. It’s good to see someone wishing they had done this in hind sight. That lets me know I’m on the right track. My motivation for it was more for guidance, feedback, and growth. However, I suppose it will also provide a useful platform in the future as well.

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      1. ParallelLookingGlass

        Oh wow, thank you so much for the links. I can’t wait to check them out. I really haven’t spent much time in the online universe over the years. Interjecting myself really into it for the first time is so exciting! I feel like I’ve learned so much in just a few months!

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  8. Gwen Plano

    Your comments are all too familiar, Lincoln. Thank you for putting the spotlight on the challenges before writers. Thank you, Beem, for hosting!

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