Well, it’s been a hectic few months for this particular indie author. In fact, I feel a bit of a fraud even using that term. As many of you know, writing is something I do when I have the time. Like many indie authors, I have a “real” job. Writing, in my case crime fiction and thrillers, has to take a back seat to the demands of actually making money in order to provide for my family.
This is okay – I can live with that. What I do – what someone pays me to do for many hours seven days a week – I love. For those who know my background, I have spent my entire non-writing career of 30 plus years, in aviation. From the Royal Air Force, to airlines, and business aviation. Towards the end of last year, however, I moved on from a position I held for 8 years to one that afforded me some more flexibility. I thought, “great, I’ll be able to do a bit more writing.”
That’s what I thought.
6 months later, I still absolutely love my new job, but the schedule hasn’t allowed me to write as much as I thought I would. At least, that’s what I’m trying to convince myself. In reality – cold, hard reality – I’ve been procrastinating and using my new position as an excuse to let everything on the writing side go to pieces.
Today it stops. Now I have announced to you, right here, that I am asking to be held accountable to maintaining a writing discipline no matter what new videos are on my YouTube subscriptions, or how tired I feel.
So what am I committing to? What am I promising you, the listener to and reader of the thoughts that find their way out of my head?
I am committing to:
- Producing a weekly Indie Author Podcast.
- Writing every day.
- Engaging regularly on social media.
- Maintaining up-to-date websites.
So let’s look at these 4 promises in a little more detail.
I have been involved in podcasts for a relatively long time. One of the first I produced was the Celtic Folk Podcast back in 2004. At the time podcasting was still in its infancy and the Celtic Folk Podcast was one of the top celtic music offerings in the world – regularly spending its time in the top five in its category. The secret to its success was its very focused audience and high production value. With this in mind, I want to replicate this success with the Indie Author Podcast.
Going forward, the podcast will keep its original focus – bring you, the listener, insights into the life of a typical indie author. And I mean “typical indie author” because there are more writers out there in the exact same situation I find myself – working a full-time job ad trying to find both the time and motivation to extract the ideas and stories that live in our head that we believe will entertain someone else.
So, a new podcast every couple of weeks.
Writing every day is the only way those 80,000 words are ever going to make it from the brain to the page. Simple. Of course, the struggle to do this will be the subject of the podcast, so one will serve the other.
The next two commitments are somewhat connected as they are related to an online my presence, namely social media and my author website – although, in my case, websites, but more on that in a second.
Social media is a key success strategy for an indie author. When you don’t have a huge marketing team behind you, you have to find and engage with your readers and potential readers through your own efforts. In a time where direct access to individuals next door or across the planet is easier than ever, social media is the key to attracting an audience for your work.
Along with social media, the website is the anchor for an indie author’s entire online platform. In my case, I have my main website, but I am also developing websites that support the different series I produce.
This creates even more work for me – it’s hard enough to keep one website up-to-date, never mind three, but I think it will be worth it. I’ll let you know how it works out.
That’s it. My New Year Resolutions… in April! I’m counting on you to keep me honest. Hold me accountable. Hopefully, I’ll deliver some interesting and useful podcasts for you – as well as actually writing those stories that are rumbling around in my head.