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Neil Ostroff (httpgoodreadscomneil_ostroff) | 271 comments The secret to making it as a successful indie writer is this: PATIENCE. Authors are experiencing first hand a new era in book selling where a writer can instantly connect with a publisher and then sell directly to a reader. This offers millions of new voices to be heard, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing for readers. Good, if the story is well-written, and bad for all the novice books taking up virtual shelf space and attention.

It used to be that authors received a quarterly notice on sales and had no way of knowing how they were going until then. Now, sales recordings are almost instant. A writer can check hourly if he or she has sold a book. This can lead to daunting feelings of “things aren’t happening fast enough”.

Yesterday, I was a little depressed because I only logged seven sales for all my books for the day. What I didn’t take into account is how many I would sell over the three month period. If I only received notice of sales quarterly, I would show hundreds of sales and that would make any indie writer happy.

With the electronic age my books have no shelf life so they will be available for purchase forever. It’s kind of mind boggling when you think about it. I have my entire life to market and promote my books. Wow!

To read more about me and my books please check out my blog: ALWAYS WRITING http://www.neilostroff.blogspot.com


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Marja McGraw (marja1) | 561 comments Neil wrote: "The secret to making it as a successful indie writer is this: PATIENCE. Authors are experiencing first hand a new era in book selling where a writer can instantly connect with a publisher and then ..."

Neil, I'm so glad you posted this. I have a series I'm re-releasing on my own, and it can be daunting sometimes. I have a second series with a traditional publisher, but that's a whole different scenario. Anyway, you made me feel a little better about what I'm doing. (The Sandi Webster Mysteries, and The Bogey Man Mysteries)


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