Sunday, January 25, 2015

I'm an #IndieAuthor

It feels weird to call myself an Indie Author.

But it's true! I self published my first ebook on Amazon Kindle - an anthology of 26 bite-sized stories, each based on 26 colours which commence with every letter of the alphabet from A-Z. These, as most of you might remember were written during the April A-Z blogging challenge last year. Wonderful support from my family and the blogging community had helped me churn out a story a day that was well-appreciated and I was encouraged my many readers to publish these into an anthology.

But it took me almost an year to take the plunge.

I never planned to be a writer and not in my wildest dreams an author. Through blogging, I discovered that my love for the fictional world was not limited to being a voracious reader. Every novel that I had read, from Enid Blyton to Haruki Murakami and the many in between, had opened up several stories inside me and it was only a matter of time that they spilled over. Blogging gave me a platform to weave tales, explore, experiment, re-discover myself and reach beyond my limits. But somewhere, I still doubted.

Doubted wether I was good enough.

I feel every story has been written; there is no new story. It is just the way you tell it. Being a very choosy reader myself, there are few writings that I truly love; that have had a long lasting impression. And I feared, what if my stories fail to make that impression, fail to connect with the readers, fail to touch a chord?

But I started 2015 with a powerful Word of the Year, Embrace. And that's what gave me the courage I think; to say what the heck, let me give it a try, let me self publish. Whatever the experience, the outcome of this journey, I will embrace it with an open heart and grow with it.

It took me less than 4 days to compile my stories, review, edit and format, create a cover, choose a title and hit publish on KDP. I announced my book on 19th January, on my grandparents 59th wedding anniversary. A home launch with your loving family by your side, is the best way to mark new beginnings, isn't it?

Book launch selfie

So there, the easy part is over!

The real work is just starting and I'll need your help.

Do help this newbie author to become an indie author. Buy, review, rate, comment and help me feel confident of calling myself an indie author without feeling weird. ;)



http://www.amazon.com/26-Stories-Colours-Emotions-ebook/dp/B00SCS2P1O



36 comments:

  1. Congratulations on getting the book published. For my first book, I had a small launch party with family and friends and it was a great way to celebrate.

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    1. Thanks Patricia! I have followed your journey of becoming an indie author and its so inspiring! Thank you for supporting me during A-Z! Cheers!

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  2. Aditi, my husband controls the Amazon purse strings, so I will ask him to download your collection of stories as soon as possible. Congratulations to you!
    Hope you, in turn, will check out my novels on Amazon; just type in Martha Orlando, and they should be available to you.
    Wishing you all happiness and success!

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    1. Thanks a lot Martha! I'll definitely check tonight! :)

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  3. Congrats on getting your book published! May you have many many more :)

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  4. Congratulations, Aditi. And you know you;re super awesome. Now about the autograph :)
    By the way, I have bought the book. Just need to get some time into my schedule to read and review it.

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    1. You are the best!! Thanks a lot Sid! :) Whenever I decide to publish a print version, first autographed copy will go to you! :)

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  5. Congrats again Aditi! And yea, autograph please.. :)

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  6. Congrats Aditi :) Wish you many more books !! :)

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  7. Congratulations on the big move :D you are actually inspiring me ... I have been procrastinating this for a long time.

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    1. Do it Raj! Go for it! I sat in this for almost a year but glad I finally mustered the courage to publish. Feels good! :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Priyanka. Hope to stay connected through this space!

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  9. Congratulations!! How wonderful for you!!

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  10. All the best to you! I am definitely gonna read your book, especially after going through this very interestingly written post.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks a lot Tanya! Happy to connect with you! :)

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  11. Awesome! Congratulations on your first published book! :D

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  12. Inspired! I'm in the process myself and you have given me the jolt I need. The cover looks fantastic and I already know you're an awesome writer. Well done indeed :)

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  13. Thanks a lot Jules! Waiting for your book! :)

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  14. Congratulations Aditi. I loved your stories but I've already said that. And I'll go get that book. It takes courage to open up your work to criticism and you've done that. You're one talented writer.

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    1. Thank you so much Tulika! It was all the support and encouragement that I received from you and fellow bloggers that gave me the courage! Thank you! :)

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  15. How exciting! Congratulations on your book - may it be the first of many!

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  16. Congrats! Wish you good luck for many more to come :)

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  17. oh my gosh!! Congratulations.. That is such a huge achievement.. :)

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  18. THIS IS HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!! I am so proud of you!! Cant wait to order a copy of your book. :D

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  19. Congrats on your book! Good job!

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