Sunday, October 2, 2016

Celebrating Indie Authors

What better time than the first annual Indie Author Day (October 8th!) to post what may be my last post as Secretary4Life? It’s true! As of this past June...


As of this past June, I am no longer required to do any of the following:

1) Order lunches for people whom I couldn’t care less about whether or not they eat.

2) Sit at my desk reading a book for 3 hours straight until, at 4:57pm, someone finally comes over with work for me to do. 

3) Listen to people cough and fart from the other side of a thin gray wall.


Okay, I can't think of a fourth thing.  Ever since I left work, I've pretty much forgotten every thing that ever happened there.  But, just look at this post of mine from December, 2009:

Thanks to indie publishing, I no longer have to be a miserable secretary pretending to be a writer. Thanks to indie publishing—and Kindle Direct Publishing in particular—I was able to make my books available to thousands of readers, receive an overwhelmingly positive response, and leave my secretarial job to become a real, non-miserable (but still coffee-addicted) full-time writer!

Let’s take a look at what I was up to in August, 2009:

Thrilling, true.  But look at where I am in October, 2016:

Thanks to indie publishing, instead of dealing with this...

...I get to work from the comfort of my freezing cold home office (until I'm making J.K. Rowling kinda money, I'm not allowed to crank up the heat).  Indie publishing has changed the lives of so many writers, and given us so many opportunities that did not exist ten years ago.  It's an amazing time to be a writer, and I encourage anybody with a dream of seeing their work published to not give up.

On that note, I also encourage you to go to Amazon where they are celebrating #PoweredByIndie for the month of October, and check out some of these other indie authors.

Please also stop by Kathryn Biel's awesome Pinterest board for Indie Book Day 2016!