As all you Turning series fans know, I am new to the world of self-publishing, and a lot of you guys are writers and self-publishers yourselves.
This whole journey has certainly been an experience. Not only have I accomplished my life-long dream of publishing an actual book, I’ve had to do it all pretty much on my own (with the exception of my betareaders and the love and support from family). Having to market myself, to the point of embarrassment sometimes, and my work to every social media network I can think of has been tougher than the writing and editing itself. Promoting my books as much as I can to every book website that would listen and every Facebook group page I can find on a daily or weekly basis is almost a full-time job.
I’m not even going to lie, I sometimes wish that I was a bestselling author to be able to hire someone who can do it all for me!
But what keeps me going is passion. My passion for telling Grace’s story, for the genre I write in, for achieving my dreams, and for the possibly to one day be that bestselling author.
What also keeps me going is hearing and reading stories told by my fellow indie authors. I have spent so many days and nights researching ways to become a better author, in my writing and marketing. There are some great bloggers out there that offer wonderful advice and guidance. But I wanted to spotlight one in particular:
Joanna Penn is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling thriller author. She is known for writing the action adventure thriller series, ARKANE.
Her blog, The Creative Penn, have been voted one of the Top 10 sites for writers three years in a row. At The Creative Penn, authors, writers, and the aspiring are able to find many tools and resources related to writing and self-publishing; everything from finding cover designers to designing your own website to courses on how to write a book!
I haven’t read any of her books, but I have certainly added them to my list. As for The Creative Penn, I have found myself visiting her site more and more over the months, which is why I thought I would share it with you all. As a matter of fact, I have connected and am working with a professional cover designer recommended by Penn (I’ll explain that to the Turning fans when the time is right 😉 ).
So if you are looking for advice, guidance, steps into the right direction with your writing careers, you should definitely check out The Creative Penn.
Are there any other bloggers out there that you think could help writers? Please share.