It’s been a little over a year now since I was forced, early, into my planned “retirement pivot” to writing epic fantasy. I’ve devoted a lot of effort during that time to learning the ins and outs of indie publishing, building an online platform, and improving and re-releasing the first trilogy in my Sanctum of the Archmage Saga. I’m now writing the second volume in the series, working on an audiobook of the first, and planning a regular and ongoing release strategy to Substack and then to bookstores.
So I think it’s time to start a new phase in my publishing career, one that I’ve probably been putting off for too long. That’s to focus more on the roadblock that stymies most new authors: visibility. My work has essentially none, despite near universal raves from the few who’ve read and reviewed it. It’s easy to publish an indie book today; the trick is getting anyone to notice (much less buy) it, regardless of how good it might be.
I’ve been researching and making notes on indie publishing “best practices” for this, and I’m going to start devoting some serious time and effort into putting them into practice. If anyone has thoughts or advice on what’s working well for this in today’s market, I’m very interested in feedback on this — so please feel free to comment. 🙂