🔗 I like working with indie authors because we often have similar mindsets.
You are indie because you want the independence to make decisions about the publishing process.
🛒 That doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. You can still choose to have bought-in services to support you.
And those bought-in services can be contracted from freelancers you’ve hand-picked. You can ask your network of author buddies for recommendations. You can connect with the freelancers on social media to get a sense of them, their work and their personality. I’m talking here about book cover artists, editors, proofreaders, PR people. You can look at their testimonials and ask for a sample before you commit yourself. If you like their vibe, you might hire them. If you don’t, you can swerve them.
📲 And that’s the same for me as a freelance editor with indie author clients. You. I get to be picky and that’s a sensible thing for both of us. You wouldn’t want me if I was lukewarm about your project. I can connect with you on social media to get a sense of who you are and what you’re writing. I can look at your author bio, seller page and website to see what you’ve already written (or whether you’re just starting out). I can enter into a dialogue with you and edit a sample before I commit myself to a project. If I like your vibe, I will throw my hat in the ring. If I don’t, I’ll politely decline.
February has been a funny old month in this regard. More opportunities than ever have come knocking at my door (and I recognise that I’m privileged to be in this position – but, blimey, I’ve worked hard to get to this point). Some I’ve taken, and I’m very excited about what’s ahead – with authors who are on the same page as me, if you’ll pardon the pun. But some I’ve declined, even when more money has been offered. It would not be right for me to say yes to a project if I feel uneasy about it. That’s not going to do either of us any good.
💬 So, authors, we’re all dipping our toe in here to see what feels right. That’s the beauty of the indie route. Follow me on my social media channels. Be a lurker for a while before you put the feelers out. Once you’re happy, drop me a message and we’ll see whether we can get this thing off the ground.