I think the most challenging aspect of Independent Publishing is staying with it. Remaining faithful in the face of uncertainty, whether that refers to actual skills or wondering when the monetary rewards will kick in.
I have memories of my earlier publishing experiences with a small royalty press. Although I had a say in a few things (very few), I left the details to my publisher and continued writing the next novel.
However, all the expectations of my previous publishing experiences have been turned upside down with indie publishing. Not only do I have a say in crucial decisions, I am the final word. It’s an entirely new portfolio, one for which I was not prepared. Wet behind the ears. Green. Unreasonably optimistic.
But we don’t give up just because of challenges. There are many avenues to learning what we need to know to persevere in indie publishing.
We can google. We can search for books and blogs and articles that can help us in our journey. We can talk with people who are on the same journey, receiving encouragement from those ahead of us and giving encouragement to those a step or two behind.
The key is perseverance. That and faith in the One who gives gifts and the will to use them.
Verse for the day: II Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”