Whisling Book Press
Carol Van Natta
Cristiane Allevato Serruya
Frankie Jo Blooding has been helping indie authors for over ten years. She lives in Montana with her husband, his two part-time kids, and their cat, Tesla. She's a USA Today Bestselling author and is finally living her dream of doing this full-time, writing books, making graphics, helping other indies. That's the perfect business.
She's terribly, terribly excited for a chance to help you!
HER TRIP AS AN INDIE AUTHOR
I've failed and got back up again and again and again.
I was rejected by agents and publishing houses 118 times.
I was picked up by two small publishing houses that then went under.
I was almost picked up by an agent, who then quit the business to be a full-time indie author.
Whiskey Witches failed to launch three times and was completely re-branded twice. I also had to re-edit it 30 times.
Devices of War failed to launch once and was completely re-branded.
I had crappy covers I could barely afford, had bad blurbs and sales copy, and I couldn't get reviews to save my soul. I didn't advertise for the first twelve years of being published and then failed at Amazon, Facebook, and Bookbub ads.
But through all of that, I did the best I could with the tools I had. So, I'm hoping to help you succeed by helping you fail a little less.
So, how did I make it?
DOMINION RISING CHANGED THE SHAPE OF THE INDIE AUTHOR
Dominion Rising did something no other box set had done before. Gwynn White and Pav Tyler hand selected a group of authors and then told us to go learn how to do this right using the natural skills we each brought to the plate. They dared us to do more, to be better, to think outside the box. We released the box set without bending a single TOS and sold over 16,000 copies before it released.
WE PROVED THAT WHEN INDIE AUTHORS WORK TOGETHER, WE'RE UNSTOPPABLE
25 authors in the same FB room with the freedom to be daring can be a formidable force. We discovered some creative and unique marketing. There wasn't just one magic spell, either. We had to be flexible, so when one thing stopped being effective, we worked together to find a new one. We shaped, and continue to shape, how indie authors can market without breaking the bank.
WE INVITED THE REST OF THE INDIE WORLD TO JOIN US
And through it all, we never forgot where we started or still stand. We invited everyone along with us. We never forgot who helped us, who put our set out there for the world to see. We gave back. We showed true respect.
And the indie community won.
THIS SITE ISN'T ABOUT DOMINION RISING
However, I do showcase the lessons I learned by being a part of that historic set.
GREAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED HERE
The idea behind Real Indie Author is to provide you with services you need, can afford, and won't break my bank or me.
But I also want you to succeed as indie authors. You may not be able to achieve #14 on USA Today, #4 on Wall Street Journal, and New York Times may never snub you on your own, but you could make this your dream come true through knowledge and a lot of hard work!