10 Years Of Being An Indie Author!

Well, what do you know? I have been an indie author for over ten years now! Ten is a solid number and it’s a significant amount of time to devote yourself to a creative field. With 16 published books under my belt, it’s a good feeling. While I started writing seriously in 2009, I didn’t take the self-publishing plunge until 2012. I thought it would be a good idea to acknowledge and celebrate this milestone on my blog. Ten years ago, I believed my books would have readers and I was crazy enough to keep creating for the love of it. It’s been quite a journey and I’m so grateful I had the chance to devote so much time to creating stories.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing! It means alot when you like my book-related posts, check out my books, and/or read my stories.

Did It Go By Fast? Funny enough, no. I thought I’d been at this longer for some reason! It was only when consciously writing out my first and last published books that I realized I’m at a solid 10 years in the industry (when I thought it was like 12 or 13). Writing tends to slow time down because you’re living two lives at once, essentially.

Did I Enjoy It? I sure did! It was magical to not only write and publish the stories I wrote, but to do most of it in my dream city. It was what I did on my days off, after work, sometimes even on my work breaks. I particularly loved writing stories at cafes. There’s something about the process that inspires productivity. It felt like I was dating myself in a sense – I’d get all dressed up, put on a full face of makeup, and write away in a trendy cafΓ©. It was lovely.

The Most Important Lesson I Learned: You really need to determine if writing is an art for you or if it’s a business. If it’s a hobby you love, keep doing what you’re doing and your audience will (slowly) come. If you want your writing to become a significant stream of income, you’ll need to operate more in the business sphere, do a lot of marketing, and constantly research how to target more readers (or land an agent).

Any Regrets? Not at all. At the start of my writing journey I imagined landing an agent and living a yuppy lifestyle from my books alone, but once I started self-publishing I realized how much I enjoyed writing what I really want to write. I love the idea of having a small following of readers who really enjoy my books. It was both a creative and personal journey that has helped shape the person I am today.

The Book I’m Most Proud Of: The Pup & The Pianist. That one was something I’d wanted to write for years and I love how it turned out!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. πŸ™‚ I don’t have an agent or a publisher to throw a 10 year anniversary party, so I figured this blog would be perfect since I have so many supportive followers. ❀

Do you have an author-versary coming up soon? If so, do tell!

38 comments

  1. That’s amazing, Sara! I’m glad we’ve connected. Your stories are so good and inspiring me on my writer career path πŸ™‚

  2. I enjoy writing, well most of the time. I would love an agent, but if I don’t then so be it. If I waited for the big break, I would forever procrastinate. I am still learning, especially during the phase where the first draft is written.

  3. Congratulations ❀️sara ! You are an amazing and inspiring Author and I’m glad I have connections with you. Congratulations again πŸ€— May your journey ahead in life be joyous and prosperous❀️

  4. Congratulations, Sara! I loved your thoughts on your writing journey. Best wishes for another great ten years!

    This is my tenth year as well. Self-publishing has been fun and at times horrifying. πŸ™‚ I think my best writing years are ahead of me yet – and I’m 67 years old!

  5. Well done on the 10 years! That’s quite an achievement and I should read the pup and the Pianist if that’s the one that is a fav πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations on such an impressive milestone πŸ™‚ Glad you’re still enjoying the indie author’s journey & good luck with your future drafts!
    This paragraph definitely resonated with me: ‘I love the idea of having a small following of readers who really enjoy my books. It was both a creative and personal journey that has helped shape the person I am today.’ – totally agree. I’ve found that nurturing a smaller but more dedicated crew of readers definitely pays off in the long run πŸ™‚

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