“There’s no such thing as a free lunch!” my father used to declare. My response? There is if someone else is paying. There will always be friends, good friends, who will treat you to lunch when things are tight. Okay, so even if they can’t spring for lunch, they’ll still shout you some invaluable advice that will make you reconsider your current thought processes. “That’s what friends are for” as per the overused cliche.
Tonight I received some advice from a couple of good friends that has caused me to rethink some of my own thoughts. How valuable it will prove, only time will tell.
When you take the plunge and publish your written soul independently lots of people will step forward with advice and guidance: you should/not spend hundreds of pounds employing a proof reader; you should /not spend hundreds of pounds employing someone to design you a cover for your scribblings; you should/not charge 99p for your labours “to build a loyal readership”
You will find hundreds of blogs and websites dedicated to such contradictory guidance. Ultimately the path you choose will depend on your attitude/susceptibility to such guidance. My advice to you? There is no secret formula to creating a bestseller or dedicated readership. If there was, don’t you think all the other hundreds of indies would have jumped on the bandwagon? Choose your own path, ignore the advice you deem illogical and strive to deliver what you want to deliver. You might never appear on the NY Times bestseller list but at least you’ll appreciate what you’ve achieved.
Bugger, here’s my stop, I need to bail.
Returning back to the “free lunch” aspect, my first novelette (def. story of 20k words or fewer) is currently £free via the means of kindle. Spread the word and declare to the world, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such thing as s free novelette. ‘The Perfect Tonic’ is £free until Mon 05 Nov.
Until the next time, happy reading!