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I have not seen a more thorough, specific, actionable guide for self-published authors than Navigating Indieworld. I have been recommending it to my indie clients. — Margaret Brown, publisher, Shelf Unbound, National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Member
Social media guru, Julie A. Gerber and award-winning author of forty-three best-selling books, Carole P. Roman, team up to travel the winding road of self-publishing, promoting, and marketing a book. Join these two experts as they share their vast store of experience in an easy to read book.
Learn why you need a beta reader and the importance of a good editor. Make a list of what you need to do when choosing an illustrator. Compare the many ways to promote your book.
Navigating Indieworld will end up being your travel guide as you journey from writer to published author.
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Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book
A funny thing happened on the way to my retirement. I found myself entering a whole new career in my late fifties, joining a community of people in which there was no return. I entered Indieworld.
A different breed of people live there, yet we all have the same agenda. It’s an amazing place – we don’t see our differences. We are color, age, and gender blind. We only want to tell our story and have it be appreciated. Oh yes, and make a small fortune in the process.
Indieworld is a vast entity filled with a universe of people driven to do the same thing. They are seeking what I refer to as the three “Fs”: fame, fortune, and fulfillment without getting screwed. I bet you thought I was going to use another word.
It’s been four years since I fell through the rabbit hole of independent publishing, and I feel the motivation to give back to my people. This is for the endless population of folks who are loitering on social media, crammed on Goodreads, and filling up blogs, who are lost and don’t know how to get on the track to succeed.
If any chapter of this book makes it easier for one of our brethren and they make it to Fifty Shades of Gray status, then we feel we have done our job. A best-seller for one of us is a victory for all of Indiekind.
This is making me feel like an independent author superhero, and every one of those has a valiant sidekick. A brave individual ready to take on the dark forces of bad reviews, expensive publicity, and the black hole of a four-digit high-rating number on Amazon.
The partner in my quest for the three “Fs” is Julie Gerber, the head guru at Away We Go Media. She is the wonder woman of social media, the empress of Twitter, the princess of Pinterest, and a maverick riding the ups and downs of Facebook. She has become a vital part of our process and a member of our family. I could not have done it without her.
We will approach the subject to educate, prepare, and enable any person to write, publish, and ultimately sell their books to the general public. This is our story.
Carole P. Roman
Long Island, New York
About Julie A. Gerber:
Julie A. Gerber is the founder of Away We Go Media, a social media management and consulting firm for authors. She is the Executive Vice President, Business Manager, and Director of Social Media at TopShelf Indie Authors & Books, Director of TopShelf Magazine, and co-author of Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs. She can usually be found at home refereeing her sons or glued to her desktop as she works from home. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two kids, and her little sidekick, a doting Pekingese rescue named Abby. Visit her at awaywegomedia.com.
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About Carole P. Roman:
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
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Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? Thank you for such interesting questions. I have had many careers in my life, being an author was always a dream. I had written two books when I was younger and was rejected everywhere. I put any ambitions of writing on a back burner and concentrated on careers within my grasp. Self-publishing made the idea of writing a book become a reality.
How many books do you currently have published? I have self-published over forty books, all in four and a half years. They are all best-sellers on Amazon and I am proud to say have won numerous awards.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? That would be like choosing children. I love them all!
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Navigating Indieworld A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing a Book has just been published with Julie Gerber. I am very proud of it. I just released If You Were Me and Lived in…Israel, which is part of my non-fiction cultural series. Kelsea Wierenga is illustrating Germany right now. Cuba will be her next country. I also published One to Ten for my nursery series with Mateya Arakova. She is putting the finishing touches on If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire for the historical series. Paula Tabor is illustrating the Ancient Mayan culture. I am just finishing If You WereMe and Lived….on Mars. It will go for illustrations next month. So, yes, I ‘ve got a few things going on.
What do you enjoy most about writing? I love the research. I love the collaboration of putting the work together. I love seeing the illustrators vision. I love the excitement of hitting “publish my book.” I am thrilled to see the reviews coming in. I enjoy the whole process.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Never have writer’s block. Sometimes I wish it would slow down a little bit for me.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? If you have an idea- write it down. Don’t wait. Once it is on the computer, you can go back and shape it the way you need. Don’t procrastinate. Get a good beta reader, who will be honest with you.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? If you are planning to write a book, then Navigating Indieworld is a gateway source for new writers. I think Julie and I did a terrific little guide that demystifies the whole process. It does exactly what it promises. The books cut through all the information and steers an author through the steps they have to follow.
Anyone of my other books make great additions to kid’s libraries from 3-15. They each stand alone and I like to think are enjoyable ways to open conduits for discussions on anything from bullying, to culture to history, to imagination
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I am having the best time, come join me., please!
How many books do you currently have published? I have coauthored two books. The first was Tortured Souls: The House On Wellfleet Bluffs. The second is Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner’s Guide To Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Book.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Navigating Indieworld was so much fun to write. Carole has become one of my closest friends over the years and every night we would meet and work for hours together. I learned a lot from her and we shared a lot of laughs!
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am working on a book and unless Carole wants to do a sequel to Indieworld, my current project will be the next book I publish. It is my first solo book and I am both excited and nervous about publishing on my own. I do not have a release date but I am pushing for a release sometime next year.
What do you enjoy most about writing? I think writing gives us the unique opportunity to create little worlds where readers can get lost. I remember reading The Chronicles Of Narnia as a child and wanting to live within those pages. It is exciting to think that maybe one day, someone will want to get lost in the pages that I wrote. That hope and dream is what I enjoy the most. I think about the possibilities.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Working as a beta reader and a social media manager, I already knew how hard marketing your book could be. I am learning to get more creative and make my books stand out. My advice for new writers is to invest your time in marketing and social media. Connect with your fans. Help other authors along the way by offering reviews and telling others what has worked for you. Pay it forward.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorites to read? Affliction Z series by L.T. Ryan. Serious author crush there. Another great series? Slow Burn by Bobby Adair. You can tell that I like zombies. My favorite books to read are zombie books, EMP books, and anything that threatens the world as we know it. Those are the books that scare me!
What about television shows? Movies? I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do love The Curse Of Oak Island series. I love history and the search for buried treasure. Favorite movie? It’s A Wonderful Life and Gone With The Wind. I watch them both a few times every year.