I is for Indie

So remember yesterday when I posted H is for Hair and talked about needing a cover model with fabulous curly hair?

That’s what it’s like to be an independent author.

For some reason, when I started this whole writing adventure, I had this image of authors writing up their books sequentially from fully formed ideas in their heads. Then, after filling a couple hundred sheets of pristine white paper, they would take the neat pile, put it in a box and send it off to their agent. Traditional publishing magic would occur and a book would emerge with a breathtaking oil painted cover and show up at every store I frequent.

I can hear my author friends out there laughing (or crying) as they read this.

Yeah, no. I can only speak as an indie author with a day job. It ain’t like that. I’ve been bleeding over this book for three years. Nonsequentially. And I don’t even have a fully-formed idea of what to have for lunch. But that’s not the worst of it…

The worst of it is when I spend time looking for cover models with perfect hair.

Or when I worry because Amazon is on some kind of witch hunt against authors and is shutting down accounts and pulling payments to KU participants, so I have no idea who will sell my book when I finish it. (This may be my “K” entry, but I’d hate to make an enemy of Amazon, you know?)



Actor Alberto Ammann has become my muse for Giovanni. 

Or, ha! Wait until you read my “L” entry in a couple days. Oh my gosh, it’s a wonder I get any writing done when


men channel Giovanni and smile like this guy over here.

The other part of being an author with a job is a day like today. I’m spending half the day away from the computer administering our state English STAAR tests to high school students. The other half, I have to do all the work I should have done while I was away from the computer. Oh, and teach. Then, I’m going to run to downtown Austin and see a local author at the central library. Because I like her books and maybe I should be showing my author face in public now and then. And I have to write a daily blog because authors should have blogs and nobody is doing publicity for me but me.

But, crap, I don’t have time to write more. I’ll see you tomorrow with a “J”. I look forward to what I’ll come up with for that one. Your guess is as good as mine.




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