Kind of an Announcement: It’s Time for Me to Move Forward…


It’s been a long time coming that I share this blog post with you, my devoted readers, but I’m excited to share this with you.  A lot has gone on since November, and posted this, which I titled “Why I’ve Decided To Self-Publish”.

There is nothing I want more than to be an author.  It’s important to me because while I’m interested in a lot of other things, writing is the one thing I see myself doing for the rest of my life.  It’s the only thing I want to do.

Here’s what I have done to achieve the goals of being an author:

  • Written a book, (2 of them, actually)
  • Worked with 2 AMAZING editors
  • Have given my second book, THE RIGHT DESIGN, to beta readers — (you know who you three are and I love y’all!)
  • And have had  TRD professionally critiqued by two brilliant ladies — (you two ladies are pure gems!)
  • **Currently, I’m still trying to fine-tune my first MS, REDEFINED DREAMS

As you can see, I’m missing the main part of becoming an author…BEING PUBLISHED!  With the love and support of my family they encouraged me to give the traditional route a try first, so I did.  I have sent queries and chapters of my MS to several publishing companies, but have had, so far, been rejected six times.  I’m okay with being rejected, after all, it’s part of the business.  At first, I kept my rejection to myself (and still haven’t told most people) because I really didn’t know how to feel about it, but as each rejection came my way it led me to think more seriously about the modern way about being published, which is to self-publish.  I’m proud of myself for even trying because sending querying my MS was a huge step for a shy woman like me.

Years have passed since I’ve written my two books and I have a lot of ideas in mind, so in order to write them and continue on as an author, here’s what I need a plan, so here’s the announcement: I will be self-publishing THE RIGHT DESIGN.  If you read my blog post that I linked above, then you know a few reason why I’m looking forward to taking on this challenge (from writer to author).

Whew!  It feels so good to share the adventure and path I’ll be taking!  Out with the stress of waiting and rejection, and bring on the stress of a self-published author – ;)!

Here’s what I’ll be working on now, along with the fine-tuning I mentioned above:

And, to share some inspiring words from author have been rejected, click HERE!

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49 thoughts on “Kind of an Announcement: It’s Time for Me to Move Forward…

  1. Congrats on your decision to self-pub and for embracing that path, Isabella! Like you, it took me years to come to the conclusion that the indie route was the right one for me. I was terrified, but in the end it has been the BEST decision I ever made. I’m sure it will be the same for you. You know you’ve got an amazing support group in the Goddesses! We’ll be throwing you a big cyber party when you finally release “The Right Design.” Wishing you lots of luck and an amazing journey!

  2. Fantastic news Isabella and you’ve definitely got a reader in me when it’s out there. Although I’m not self-published, I kind of envy those who are, the complete control you have from start to finish, the much better percentage you’ll earn from each book sold!!! Even those published by publishers have to do tons of their own promotion so in the end there’s not much difference anyway. Kudos to you (and others) for taking this path, you are all leading by example. xxx

  3. Bravissimo Isabella! It’s time to share your work with the world. Let us laugh and cry with the characters or let us be transformed into that beautiful woman who is loved by so many men and travels everywhere. Let us read your wonderful words! I can’t wait.

  4. Thrilled for you, Isabella. A big decision and one, I’m sure, will bring you all the success you deserve, plus plenty of support & encouragement from everyone on here. Best of luck! I can’t wait to read it 🙂 xx

  5. That is great news, Isabella!! You’ve already got a an awesome cheerleading team ready and waiting for The Right Design to be released! Can’t wait!! xo

  6. Awesome, you’ll do great, and your already so good at promos and building a following, I think you’ll really enjoy yourself. Can’t wait to read The Right Design.

  7. I am so proud of you. Trying to do it the traditional route first was great because you now know what to expect. When you become a booming success, and you will , people will be knocking your door down. Go get em girl.

  8. Fabulous news, Isabella! I think self-publishing is an excellent way to go. I was scared to death before I did it, but I have absolutely no regrets. Congrats and best of luck!!

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  10. It’s true, Isabella. As Shani says, ALL authors (even those with bigger houses) have to be really active in promotion. You have a wonderfully supportive group of friends here, who will help you ‘pressing those buttons’. You go, girl! 🙂 xx

  11. Congratulations, Isabella! I love being self-published and I know you will too! You have so many fans already and we’re all anxiously awaiting reading your books! 🙂 I understand exactly what you mean about how it feels so much better to have made the decision too. It’s torture to be going back and forth about something. So, good for you and enjoy the game tonight!!!

  12. Sorry, Isabel that I wasn’t able to reply to your blog post earlier. Good luck with your new(ish) venture.
    Taking the self-publishing route is no easy decision, but it was the right one for me. It gave me the freedom to write what I as a reader would like to read in a rom com, I can choose my own time frame and set my price. I probably work harder for myself knowing that if I don;t do something them no one else will. I’m amazed at how my novel Tall, Dark and Kilted is finally taking off – it has to be a slow burn, I guess, because we don’t have the big guns belonging to publishers to launch us. One downside is that we can’t get our novels reviewed in any of the major women’s mags in the UK. But I sense that is changing. I kept changing and altering my ms to please publishers and agents and reviewers and got no where. I self published in October last year and haven;t looked back. What I would say, however, is that if anyone’s contemplating self-pubbing and isn’t prepared to embrace social media in all its many forms then they’re finished before they’ve even started. This is my take on SP as a UK indie author, it might well be totally different in the US. Good luck with it, all the goddesses are right behind you,.

  13. Congrats Isabella! Reaching a life changing decision like that is never easy.But, I have to say I think it’s a great one! Self published authors are an independent, strong, talented bunch(who I also hope to join someday soon.) The industry has changed so much in the last ten years and new, exciting self pubbed authors are coming up through the ranks and taking best sellers lists by storm. I personally will not even attempt the trad route I love the freedom that self publishing gives an author. I love your blogs and cannot wait to buy your books! You’re a talented, funny girl with lots of readers at your disposal, go work it;)
    Much love,
    Michelle.x Co. Clare, Ireland.

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