Choosing the Indie Route

Why I Love Being Self-Published by S.T. Sanchez

About a year and half ago I decided to take the plunge and begin the journey of Self-Publishing my first novel.  I have heard pros and cons to both traditional and indie publishing. One of the main benefits that drew me to self-publishing was that I would get to make all the decisions, and I retain all the rights. I also knew if I didn’t start now I would never do it.  There is nothing that compares to holding a book you have written in your hand when it’s finally finished.

I love having the freedom to go in any direction I like. If I don’t like my cover I can change it. If I want to mark down the price or offer free days so anyone can read my book, I can. There is also an entire world of indie authors and their support is overwhelming. It’s like nothing I ever expected.

This journey isn’t for everyone. I am about to release my third book, and I can tell you that I have learned something new with each one. I probably won’t have survived without YouTube.  I spent hours teaching myself about formatting from watching endless videos. I have spent hundreds of hours troubleshooting and figuring out to do things. You may think I am exaggerating but page numbers have been the bane of my existence

I think because I have had to do everything myself, it has made the process even sweeter. However, you also have to know your limits. I have no talent when it comes to editing, my grammar is horrible. But you can’t let weaknesses stop you.

Self-published authors are sometimes looked down on. The reason for this is some people are in such a rush that they throw their books online without getting them edited. Parents are great, but they can’t be the only people who have read your work.

If you want to be a successful indie author you can’t skip essential steps. Hiring a great editor is critical. I have a phenomenal editor. My manuscripts sometimes come back with more red than black. But each revision makes my book better.

I have a YA vampire trilogy called the Sunwalker trilogy, and a Middle Grade Fiction Series called The Keeper Chronicles. I have learned that I can’t do things the same way for YA as I do for MG fiction.  Self-publishing is an ongoing process. I am about to release my third book and I don’t have any plans to stop writing.  If your passion is to be an author, go for it. Just remember overnight successes are one in million. It takes work, but it’s worth it.

Be sure to check out my newest book Nightwalker, book 2 of The Sunwalker Trilogy. Catch up on book 1, Sunwalker, Free on Kindle Unlimited.

It’s now three months since Lilly saved Tread and killed the psycho vampire Lord Steel, the leader of a sinister vampire community that enslaved humans and forced them to give blood.

Now Tread is slowly recovering from the terrible wound he received, but there are other problems to contend with. The city is slowly emptying of humans who don’t want to live alongside the vampires and donate blood to keep them sustained.

When Tread’s old friends Koyt turns up one day, along with two vampire friends, Lilly’s father recognizes him as one of his torturers and is enraged that he has been allowed to enter the city. But Koyt says he is a different vampire now and wants a second chance.

When challenges like a widespread epidemic and a mysterious blood thief threaten to destroy the city that Lilly and so many others have worked to build, Koyt may be the community’s only chance at survival.

But can Lilly trust him to do the right thing? Can Koyt live up to his word, proving that he isn’t the monster he once was? And will Lilly and Tread’s relationship survive it if he doesn’t?

S. T. Sanchez

I was born in Dallas, Texas. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Spanish. Mexico is my second home. My husband is from Mexico, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people, and of course the food. I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
 
Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination.  Anything can happen.
 
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