Being an indie author really is all about freedom…
I believe true happiness comes from having the freedom to live the life you truly want to. And that takes courage to do because sometimes we don’t have financial freedom. I’ve been listening to a significant amount of lifestyle and creative podcasts recently. Often you hear, “Oh, I just quit my 9 to 5, took a leap of faith and now I make five or six-figures a year blogging.” I have actually heard this a lot!
I always question the part where it says “leap of faith” and here’s why…
…because sometimes we humans can only leap when there is a safety net to catch us. So, it makes me wonder just how many of these faith-leapers did so without a safety net, and what I’m talking about here is a financial safety net.
For so many of us that is just not possible, me included. As much as I would like to quit the day job, I still have bills to pay as I am sure many of you do, too. I just don’t want sleepless nights worrying about money. But I do want financial freedom to build the career and life I truly want to live.
I believe, indeed, I know from the hours of podcasts I listen to during my commute or drive to the supermarket, that indie authors are forging ahead and using every opportunity via the online market to find readers, advertise, connect and build fan bases in order to steadily work towards that financial freedom, which gives them the life they truly wish.
So, if your inbox has seen a trickle or even a deluge of rejection emails from agents and publishers alike, fear not…our creative freedom and our financial freedom are intrinsically linked and there has never been a better time for writers to go #indie and build the creative life and gain the financial freedom than right now. With e-Books, print-on-demand, Kindle Direct Publishing, as well as printing presses like Biddles and Clays offering printing services, and a growing army of small independent presses supporting #indieauthors, opportunities are in abundance, now more than ever.
If you not quite sure I’m on the level here, subscribe to Mark Dawson’s Self-Publishing Formula podcast and join his Facebook group. Follow Joanna Penn and check out her website The Creative Penn.
Being a published author isn’t about agents and the Big Five anymore. It really isn’t.
It’s a choice now.
One I’m embracing and I intend to never let go.
Happiness – Courage – Freedom
Don’t we deserve it?