As you know, my book FOREVER SAFE released at the beginning of June. It’s the 4th book in my Beacons of Hope lighthouse series.
I’ve been delighted to discover that readers are enjoying this particular book just as much as the previous books in the serious. In fact, some readers are liking it even better:
“Every book I read by Jody Hedlund is a winner and this one may be my favorite one yet.”
“I loved the whole series but this book really captured my interest and I love the way the story flowed.”
“I absolutely loved this book. And I think, okay I know it was my favorite so far.”
While I always appreciate compliments on my stories (what writer doesn’t!?), the high praise for this particular book really means a lot to me.
Why does the praise this time mean so much, you might be asking?
Well, FOREVER SAFE is the first book I’ve published independently. Instead of going the traditional route as I have for all my other books, I decided that it would be fun to publish a book non-traditionally.
Nowadays there are many authors who are opting to release books independently (aka indie or self-publishing). I’d listened to their experiences and watched from the sidelines for a while. But it always seemed like too much work. And quite frankly I was scared by all of the new stuff that I would need to learn (and told myself I didn’t have the time to learn it).
But as I mentioned in a previous post, I was interested in continuing my lighthouse series and already had ideas percolating. At the same time, my publisher was encouraging me to move on to a new series (which starts next summer). In the interim, I decided to go ahead and write another lighthouse book and give indie publishing a try.
I won’t lie and say it was easy. Because it wasn’t. And I won’t lie and say it didn’t take a lot of time. Because it did. I had a lot to learn and I made a lot of mistakes along the way.
But thankfully I also had a lot of help. I found fantastic editors who did a top notch job. My cover designer was incredible—and went above and beyond to match the new cover with the other books in the series. My formatter was as patient as a saint. My virtual assistant took care of a million details. And there were others who helped me navigate my new venture.
As you can see, indie publishing doesn’t mean publishing ALONE. All writers whether going the traditional route or non-traditional have to work with a team to put out the best possible book.
When the first reviews began to roll in, I didn’t want to look. But I knew I had to eventually. So when I finally dared to peek and saw that they were positive, I exhaled a huge breath of relief.
Then I rolled up my sleeves and began planning the next indie book.
Yes, I’m doing it again. I’m publishing a 5th and final book in the Beacons of Hope lighthouse series! It will release in January of 2017.
It won’t require any less work on my part. I’ll still need a team of people to help me. But I’m looking forward to the adventure of bringing another book to life!
How about YOU? Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts on indie publishing! So, what’s on your TBR pile this summer!?