Indie Authors, What are Your Goals?
I saw a post yesterday on facebook that really made me smile. There are a lot of dreams that go along with making the leap into self-publishing. Admit it, we all want J K Rowling level of popularity, but the reality of it is, most of us will not find that.
The post I saw was from a new author who had just put out their first book. They said simply that they know authors that make $12 a month and authors that make 12k a month in sales, but they don’t expect any of that. They were just happy to know someone, that is not related to them, is reading their work.
It made me smile because that author has a goal in mind. They know what they want from their books and are happy with reaching that.
Not everyone will have the same goal. Some authors want to write for the enjoyment of it and sharing their stories makes them happy. Some authors want to be career authors and their goal is to pay the bills with their writing. Some authors wish to use indie publishing as a stepping stool for traditional publishing. Still, other authors want to see their books turned into movies and TV series. There are so many paths to take.
The point is, you should have a goal in mind. Going into self/indie publishing is hard enough as it is without having a goal in mind of where you want to go.
Have a heart to heart with yourself. Think about what you want from your books, and make a plan on how to achieve it.