An Introduction to the World of Indie Publishing

A Project Update

I put a countdown on my blog to keep my ever impending deadline in mind. However, after a couple of days I had to move it down the page so now it doesn’t appear on my laptop screen when I go onto my blog. No one needs to see their deadlines all the time.

So far, the Lost Dabs project is a mere 13 days old. So much has happened in the last couple of weeks of Foundations: I’ve decided on how the book will be published, the timescales for writing and editing, some of the characters details and an outline of the plot. I’ve created a method for capturing all my data around each character and the background facts of the world and developed a method for incrementally writing about each.

However, I’ve also learnt about something that I knew nothing of when I started. All I wanted to do was to publish a book myself using an established outlet. In my mind this was the Kindle Store – it seemed like the obvious choice as it has a large market share, the Amazon Store is something I already know about and, possibly most importantly, I already own a Kindle, an iPad with the Kindle App, an iPhone with the Kindle App… it’s all pretty accessible.

Doing It Yourself

But them I started reading about a whole world of Indie Authors. People who make a living doing what I’m trying to do. I realised that I am in massive danger of making light something that other people have spent years of their lives working on. I realised that I can’t produce any old crap and call myself an Indie Author. I realised I have to be a signed up member of the Indie movement.

This is the best news I’ve had since starting this project – the number of people who are all writing and independently publishing are all part of a great community. There’s massive competition in this market but I don’t want to see it. I want to embrace what other people are doing. I want to eschew the books I’ve bought on my shelves and start reading Indie Authors. I want to see what other people in my position are doing. I want to explore different genres and engage with people who are writing.

It’s the only way the Indie community can function: if I want people to read my book, I need to read and engage with those writing their own books.

As an unpublished Indie Author I don’t feel I can call myself fully part of this wonderful community yet, but I feel strongly enough to make it only a matter of time. Watch out world, the Huscin is coming! The countdown is ticking… maybe I should move it back to the top of my blog?!

The Lost Dabs Project is alive!

The Lost Dabs Project

This week, I’ve launched a new project – namely to write a book and publish it in time for Christmas. It’s a study of whether this is even possible, what are the steps needed to achieve the goal, and what can be learnt about the writing and publishing process in general. The project is running from conception to shelf in five months, I haven’t even come up with a premise around the plot yet.

The Project has already hit its first Gateway, the feasibility of the project is complete. The outcomes of the feasibility phase were to create an outline plan and set up the relevant blog and twitter accounts. To be honest, this was a pretty easy part of the project as it took very little work to complete. Importantly though, I hit the deadline – to create the first communication with the outside world by 1st August.

The phases of the project in the outline plan are:

  1. Feasibility
  2. Foundations
  3. Production
  4. Release

I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot more about this in the weeks to come. Right now, we’re in Foundations which will involve doing all the background work before beginning writing.

The Blog

I’ve set up this blog as a place for discussion around the different aspects of writing and publishing a book. I’m hoping to generate a lot of ideas from the community and to support other writers with my experience as I go along.

Feel free to comment on anything I’ve written about and I’ll happily add my thoughts. Hopefully we can develop a good insight into the best ways of creating inspiration, developing plots and characters and the technical side of publishing a book.

I just need to have a good idea for a story now.

Why Lost Dabs?

Your fingerprints are known as your dabs (mainly in the criminal world, I believe). Because the timescales for this project are so tight, it’s going to take a lot of typing to get it completed – I’m anticipating typing so fast that my fingerprints will get worn off, resulting in “lost dabs”!