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Don’t get overwhelmed as an author

I’ve noticed a lot of indie authors – some of my clients included – have been overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of hard work that it takes to do self publishing. Being an indie author myself I know how easily he is to become overwhelmed. Between writing, formatting, publishing and marketing it can often seem like a monumental task to try and get all these things done.
Being an indie author gives you a lot of control over your own marketing and freedom to do what you want. But with this freedom also comes the possibility of easily getting overwhelmed. Being an indie author also comes with the pressure of having to have your books as good as they can be so they can be up to traditionally published standards.
with having the creative freedom that being an indie author allows it’s easy to become overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list, plus the added worry of whether you will make a profit.
Here are 5 things to avoid getting overwhelmed as an indie author:
  1. Break things down into small, manageable tasks. Instead of trying to do everything all at once, break things down into small, manageable projects.
  2. Set realistic deadlines. If something can be extended to over a few weeks rather than days, do that.
  3. Instead of trying to do all your marketing all at once, break into a task to do each day. One day work on your site and update your blog, the next day set up posts, etc.
  4. Don’t do everything yourself. If there’s something you’re not very good at such as design or formatting, hire someone to do it for you.
  5. Have realistic expectations. No book is going to be an overnight success. it takes time and a lot of hard work to make it in indie publishing business.
How do you cope with being an indie author or writer?
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2 thoughts on “Don’t get overwhelmed as an author

  1. Lisa Sell

    It is a tough gig. We are not just writers but editors, promoters, marketing execs, administrators, to name but a few of our roles!

  2. Tiffany Shand

    Yes, very true!

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