DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

Official Announcement Time ^_^

Since I’m cataloging my writing journey here on The Narcissistic Rose, today I’m going to make an announcement about such journey. ^_^

It happened on a Friday. September 9th, 2016. I was going about my day (as people do), and an idea for a project just hit me, it would seem, quite suddenly and out of nowhere. Not a novel project – a smaller project. I wanted to publish it myself, and I was so insanely excited. I can’t really even explain why I wanted to go the indie route with this, other than a wild seed of some kind must have been planted in my head some time ago, because plants don’t grow out of nothing!

At the tail end of last year, I felt like a major change was coming with my writing. Now naturally, I’m not psychic enough (haha) that I knew what it was at the time. I just felt like exciting things were on the horizon. ^_^

For one thing, I finally stopped fighting with myself about what to write, and that has been great! For another thing…well, let’s get into that. 🙂

When I dived into research-land, my intention was to get some DIY help for my small project and find a few independent presses that might work for “No Rest for the Wicked.” At the time I made this decision, I was actually still planning on sending queries out to agents for “The Puppet Box” whenever that was ready. So, when I say it happened really fast, it really feels that way. Like overnight.

For the record, I’m not against querying or independent presses. I’ve just changed my mind. My stories don’t have to see the light of day for me to be happy. I want to put them out there because I love (most of) them, and I can. And more importantly, I want to.

I’ve looked at small presses before, and I’ve poked around self-publishing before (though that’s mostly just consisted of me spying on people). But I’ve never done it with the intention of following through on anything. Until this time, that is.

What happened is that the deeper into research I got, the more I started thinking and dreaming about building up my very own DIY publishing empire!! Haha, but really, it was exciting. I started thinking about cover designs and formatting for not just my small project, but also my recently drafted novel, and I couldn’t turn the wheels off once they started spinning in that direction. To help speed up the decision-making process and to also get some help and direction in general, I bugged a few fantastic people, and I have to say, they really are fabulous, because everyone has been so incredibly helpful and supportive. ^_^

So, let’s get really real for a second. One of the reasons I didn’t want to go the indie author path was because I felt like doing so would mean I was giving up on my writing dream. That said, this was the easiest thing to get over, because I honestly don’t feel like I’m giving up on it at all. If anything, I feel like I get closer to it every day.

So moving on to the more current reasons: it seemed like a lot of freaking work, for one. And two, I never thought I would be capable of marketing my work.

Then I started reading a ton of stuff about how marketing is falling on the author a lot nowadays anyway. And I started to feel really squidgy and nauseous.

But knowledge is power, as they say, whoever they are, probably aliens. And while I still feel overwhelmed about the marketing aspect, I don’t feel squidgy or overwhelmed enough not to try. And to be honest, I don’t even know why it made me nervous in the first place. I’m the kind of person who has no problem emailing and calling and tweeting complete strangers when a reason strikes. So, I’m guessing it was just some kind of mental block.

As with most DIY endeavors, there are upfront costs, like editing, and there is no guarantee that I’ll have any kind of return on even $25 dollars of investment – though it will make my taxes a lot more fun. But to put things in perspective, it’s really not that much, and I think it’s worth it. 😀

We do live in an age of many options, and we need to love the trail we’re taking if we’re going to make it. For a long time, I felt like I needed the validation that comes with an agent believing in your work or a company wanting to publish your work. Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting validation, I still hope to feel validated one day, but we don’t need someone else’s approval to get our work out there. For me, it’s extremely exciting that I can make this happen and know that it will actually be good, entertaining work. For someone else, this is not appealing at all.

There’s always the possibility that my book will end up buried under a bunch of other books and no one will ever see it. But I know I can do this, and more importantly, I want to do this. So, if anyone wants to volunteer to help me out come marketing time – because I’m still freaking out over it some – I’d really appreciate it! ^_^


  • Sunflower Michelle

    YAY!!! I’m so excited for you–seriously, anything you need, you know where to get me.

    I was looking at pre-made cover websites yesterday. I finally read over “Mary Dawkins” and I’m getting that itchy, I want this out there already feeling. There’s a little work I want to do on it, though, to make it hit the feels a bit more.

    • Krystal Jane

      You’re so great!! ^_^ This is all so exciting!!

      You should totally get Miss Dawkins out there!! Browsing covers is so inspiring. 😀 I’m really excited about your NaNo project. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’m going to try and do some drafting as well – at least get a nice chunk of something done.

  • authorcrystalcollier

    Awesome! There are only two things you miss out on by going indie: Kirkus reviews, and some print distribution. (But you really only get that if you sell to a big press these days anyway.) I’m super stoked for you! You’re going to rock this thing!

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! I’m in a research hole, but it’s all good. 🙂 Kirkus actually does offer reviews to Indie Writers, but I don’t know how long it’s been an option or what it entails. I’ve only recently found out about a great number of things.

  • Christine Rains

    This is fantastic news! I know that feeling like you’re giving up on your dreams if you go indie, but you’re not. You just get to make it on your own terms. It’s a lot of work and incredibly rewarding.

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you!! That’s what I keep hearing – that it’s totally worth all the work. It is a lot of work. Lol! But making progress is so energizing!

  • Thea Landen

    Sounds like a plan to me! As with everything in life, there are pros and cons, but I know you’ll work it out. Let me know if you need anything, up to and including promo space when the time comes!

  • Anne

    Like so much in life, the first time is the hardest. My partner and I have done work-for-hire for big publishers, we’ve had our stuff put out by small publishers, but our greatest joy has been publishing our own work. The learning curve was a little steep but, after that, it’s been cake. Oh, and I’ve learned to design our own covers. It’s fun.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 🙂

  • Jodi

    I read this post daaaaaaays ago in my inbox and verbally responded to it (mainly “Yay Krystal! You’ve got this!”) but decided you probably couldn’t hear me, so I figured I better say something here, too.

    So, yay Krystal! You’ve got this!

    But seriously, you highlighted all of my reasons for not wanting to get into indie publishing, followed by my journey down the road of “who cares about any of this stuff.” To me, self-publishing was for authors who ‘weren’t quite good enough’, whereas I wanted to be the real deal. It’s such a misnomer because I have read some AMAZING novels by indie authors. The difference between them and authors who have been published by the Big Five is the latter have been discovered, whole the former have not. Ultimately, like you said, all that stuff is really easy to get over, because at the heart of it all, writers want their work to be read. For me, the desire to see my book in print, to hold it, to have it sitting on my book shelf, supersedes everything else.

    Seriously, the day you get to hold your book for the first time, your creation, YOUR BABY, you’re not gonna care if you sell a single copy (well, other than making back the money you invested into it). Seeing your baby all grown up feels pretty incredible.

    • Krystal Jane

      LOL! Thank you so much!! ^_^ There are definitely some great indie books out there (like yours!) I’m most excited about holding it in my hands for the first time! I remember when you talked on your blog about how you never thought you’d want to go the indie route, and it was exactly how I felt at the time. I really thought I would have to get to the point where I didn’t want to query anymore before I’d make the decision to go indie. I wasn’t expecting to be blindsided by excitement overnight! ^_^ It makes me feel even better with the decision, knowing that it wasn’t brought on by extreme frustration. Lol!

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