Being an independent author is a lonely business. The difficulty I have always found has been in wanting to promote my work, but at the same time wanting to protect my work. I avoided adding authors on Facebook and Twitter like the plague.
One day, about 6 weeks ago, that all changed. A simple inquiry post on Goodreads led to a slew of responses from indie authors and bloggers who all wanted to help me. Then I realised, for the most part, we are not each other's competition. Indie authors are an industry all of our own. If one of us can convince a reader to take a chance on something not published by the mainstream publishing system, then all indie authors can benefit.
My facebook page, www.facebook.com/doctorblessing grew to almost double its following overnight, and in the coming weeks a sample of The Cabinet of Dr Blessing is going to feature alongside a Q&A on a blog.
Today I received an invitation to the writer's version of the necknominations fad, and I thought I would share it here:
I was tagged by Stuart Keane to take part in this:
Go to page. 7 or 77 of your current WIP.
Go to line 7.
Post on your wall the next 7 sentences or 7 lines- as they are!
Tag 7 people to do the same.
I have chosen one of several works in progress, with the working title De Omori: Dark Chapter (note I am awaiting permission from David Basnett the creator of De Omori, to run with this story). 7 sentences from page 7 as follows:
One of the labourers called, “You couldn’t take us all. A bunch of toffs and a leper!”
Some of the labourers protested against their fellow, others cheered his courage and began producing clubs, knives and razors.
The gangmaster screamed for the men to restrain themselves. “You don’t know what you’re doing!”
“No? I know what we’re all being paid is worth less than one of those silver balls there! And I reckon if these toffs aren’t going to give us our fair share, we should take whatever we think is fair!”
Now I need to nominate 7 people: Rog Archer, David Basnett, Terry M. West,Bruce J. Walker Jr., Angela Crawford, Michael Brookes, MD Rita
And if that little snippet got any interest from you, come and join me on facebook at that link above, and/or on Twitter where I tend to comment on films and TV shows I like etc, too: @jackrollins9280
It makes being an indie author a much less lonely thing to be...