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Friday, August 5, 2011

The End

Today is the final stop of the Indie Roadshow and I'm spending it across the pond with Ellie Garratt.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I really wanted to give you a sort of diary detailing what I discovered along my journey. The learning curve was a pain in the keester, but it was definitely worth it. Something I want to do again. 

The first time I held Touch Of Fire, my first book, I was floating so high you had to tether me to a post. But The Devil To Pay meant more. It cost me more in sleepless nights and hours in front of a computer. Unlike the other books, I poured my soul into this one.

The only thing I can equate it to is when I used to paint portraits. That was all mine too. And perhaps in a small way, homesteading gives me that same feeling. It's a kind of sovereignty, a ship you sail by wind and rudder alone, and that appeals to my adventurous soul.

Today concludes the tour and I wrap it up at Ellie's place with a checklist of things you should consider when going indie.

Ellie Garratt is one of my favorite people. I love her quirky sense of humor and the fact that she adores Captain Kirk. She is way more popular and cooler than I am, so you should definitely follow her blog. You won't be disappointed.
Stop by and say howdy to us. Ellie is the cute Brit with the Starfleet uniform and I'll be the one with the chickens.


Monday, I'm hosting debut author Cathy Pegau as we celebrate the release of her SF romance, Rulebreaker.


iZombie said...

very nice and helpful advice.

Maria Zannini said...

Jeremy: Glad you found it useful. And welcome!

Anonymous said...

A most excellent roadshow Maria!

Best wishes for Devil but you know I'm already wondering when the next one's due ;)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm on my way.

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: Workin' on it. :)

Theresa: See ya there!

Shelley Munro said...

Maria, I've really enjoyed your tour. I've missed a couple of posts but intend to catch up once my edits are out of the way. Thanks for sharing your self-pub journey.

jackie b central texas said...

Have followed from the beginning and if I ever did decide to step into the deep end of the pool and try my hand at your craft the advice on this tour would be my guidebook. Thanks for all the great posts Maria and see you over at EG's.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley, Jackie: Thank you. You guys have been so kind to me.

Michelle Fayard said...

This is excellent marketing advice for both traditional and self-pubbers, Maria; thank you! I'll be tweeting this post, and I'll be missing the indie road show.

Madeleine said...

Hi Maria, just been over at Ellie's. Loved the tips on self publishing. I must admit i was sceptical, but you've convinced me to dip my toes in with a novella. Great post :O)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You have done so much work and a terrific job on your tour. I'll be skipping to Ellie's now.

Jenny Schwartz said...

It's been a fun and informative tour -- thanks, Maria!

the bit of advice that really resonates with me is "write your next novel". I can get caught up in a whole heap of stuff, but it's the next book that really matters.

Maria Zannini said...

Michelle: Thank you.

Madeleine: If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Susan: It was a great learning experience and it was useful to me to actually sit down and write down what I had learned.

Jenny: Absolutely. I learned that from Angie James.

Cathy in AK said...

I'm another one who has learned a lot from you, Maria, bit about traditional and indie publishing. Thank you so so much for sharing your experiences and information. See you Monday : )

Sarita said...

I have loved seeing the behind the scenes bits. I've learned a great deal. Thanks so much, Maria, for sharing your experiences and knowledge. I appreciate it.

Ellie Garratt said...

Thank you again for guesting on my blog, Maria. It was an honour. I'm blushing at the nice things you said about me. Now where did I beam those chickens to?

Ellie Garratt

Maria Zannini said...

Cathy: Zero hour is upon you. :)

Sarita: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Ellie: Maybe you can beam the chickens back as turkeys.