Indie Writer Unboxed
So. You’ve self-published.
You’ve written some books, but they’re not selling as well as you hoped.
Or maybe you sold well in the beginning but your sales have slipped and you don’t know what to do. You’ve tried advertising, but you don’t think you’re very good at it. Or maybe your books just suck. Or maybe the algorithms hate you, or it’s because some troll gave you a one-star review.
At any rate, you’re struggling.
You’re too busy doing stuff that probably doesn’t matter, but you can’t see what or how to cut.
This book is for you!
Indie Writer Unboxed follows four hypothetical writers from the same online writing community on their journey, with challenges they face and steps they take to overcome them.
As reader with some self-publishing experience, you’re sure to find something in common with one of them: Tom, the semi-retired chemist who looks after his ill wife, Jack, who has lots of small dabbles at many different things, including having sold some books to a traditional press, Emily, who writes lots and lots of books but feels burnt out, and Lucy, a stay-at-home mother with a husband who really doesn’t “get” her desire to write.
This is not a how-to book, and it’s not a book that shows you how to (or claims that you will surely) make squillions. It’s a book about the range of realities that the vast majority of writers will find themselves in after the initial glow of publishing has worn off. It’s a book about how to adapt, how to change your mindset, and how to be happy.
Indie Writer Unboxed is the fourth book in the Three Year Plan For Making a Sustainable Living From Your Fiction series by Patty Jansen. It’s a companion volume to Selfpublishing Unboxed, Mailing Mists Unboxed and Going Wide Unboxed.
This volume is for people who have already published and are overwhelmed with all the things they feel they should be doing.
The book follows four self-published writers and discusses their problems and challenges in a discussion format.
Indie Writer Unboxed is the book you didn’t know you needed until you needed it. It’s the book that shows you that there is life after a failed launch or after a missed deadline. This book will show you that decisions made with your long-term career in mind may take longer to bear fruit, but will pay off in the end. The four writers’ experiences show you that support from your fellow writers is vital.
Everyone’s path to publishing is different. There are as many reasons to persevere as there are writers. But how do you determine what works for you and where best spend your efforts? When do you drop things that aren’t working or are costing you too much time? What sort of writer are you and how does that affect the types of decisions you make?
Indie Writer Unboxed discusses all your questions.