Anyone who knows me can attest that sometimes I can be a little slow on the uptake. A modern day simile could be that I’m slow to download, like a computer without enough megabytes. Others, with a decent vocabulary, might say I’m obtuse.

The point is this:

After 4+ years of calling myself a self-publishing author, I’ve just recently realized there’s more going on in the world of independent books beyond Kindle and Amazon.

There are so many other publishing platforms available to authors other than CreateSpace. There’s Lulu, Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, Smashwords, Bookbaby, Author House, to name a few. There’s Ingram Spark, which offers the best connection to brick-and-mortar booksellers as well as e-stores. If you truly want to carry the moniker of “independent,” then shouldn’t you strive to support local, non-corporate bookstores directly, as well? Many respected authors today owe their success in great part to the word-of-mouth power of Indie Booksellers.

How about book reviews? Forget the over-priced, elitist Kirkus Reviews! For an honest yet open-minded critique of your cherished work, go to Self-Publishing Review or Indie Reader or Bestsellers World, at much more reasonable rates. For readers, these are great sites to discover new authors, besides Goodreads or Kindle Scout. Check out Bookbub, too. By participating in a blog tour, an author can grow their¬†audience through blog sites that will promote and review their work. There are hundreds of sites out their with thousands of followers. (I highly recommend Sage’s Blog Tours. But there are plenty from which to choose.)

Yep, I’m feeling pretty foolish.

Not to say CreateSpace and Amazon haven’t been fair to me. They’ve allowed me to publish a product I’m happy to put my name on. Yet, at the same time, I feel I’ve cut myself off from a large population of potential readers. Even though the Facebook ad I ran a few weeks ago, at nominal cost, garnered a few new followers, there are so many more options out there beyond what I’ve limited myself to.

So, as I take steps to branch out, to mature as an authorpreneur, I hope those of you who subscribe to my newsletter and enjoy my books will continue to follow me on this journey. Because there’s more, so much more.

To be continued…

Gordon Gravley