You Can Go Your Own Way

Lately the words to Fleetwood Mac’s iconic song “Go Your Own Way” have been rolling around my head. This break-up song is quite fitting actually because I’m breaking up with querying and I’m going to Indie publish Phoenix.

The road I'm taking. I'm sure it won't be as straight and pothole free.

A few weeks ago, I blogged that I was standing at a crossroad. It was a three-pronged fork: continue to query Phoenix, become an Indie author or lock Phoenix in a drawer and abandon the other two novels that follow. It was one of the toughest conversations I’ve had with myself, but ultimately I feel that I owe it to Amanda, David, Shiloh and Alex to share their story.

This wasn’t a decision made in a void. Watching the success of other Indie authors made me realize I can do this. This month’s Writer’s Digest has a great feature on how to self-publish including an awesome chart that breaks down the options (if you are a writer and don’t subscribe to this magazine, fix that now – I think it’s the best resource for writers out there). And, conversations with two different and formerly traditionally-published authors who have elected to go their own way sealed the deal – they both said that this is the way in today’s literary market.

Querying is hard work, but I have a feeling that I’m going to work even harder getting Phoenix ready for its debut. In addition to researching my distribution outlets, I have to write the book blurb, determine the cover art, get an ISBN, market it … and I’m sure there are things I need to do that I don’t even know about yet.

In that aspect, I don’t really have to go it entirely alone. There are so many resources out there – blogs of Indie authors like Linda Cassidy Lewis, Sara Flower, waronliteracy and Donigan Merritt – and Web resources like Indie Author News. These are full of people going their own way who are kind enough to share their publishing stories.

It’s thrilling choosing a path. It’s not as much of the road less taken as it was just a few years ago. I want to share my appreciation to those who are walking ahead of me as well as share what I learn – mistakes and ah-ha’s – with those embarking on their own literary journey.

I’m going to go my own way. I hope you’ll join me.



Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way”

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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9 Responses to You Can Go Your Own Way

  1. angelashah says:

    good luck, kim!

  2. I’m very proud of you! I also can’t wait to read Phoenix – so do keep us posted. Thanks, too, for the gracious name-dropping of my blog. The only problem I now have is getting that song’s lyrics out of my head. That’s a good problem though. I recommend starting with Amazon; they have CreateSpace that lets you develop your book (gives you an ISBN) and prepare it for print on demand. They also easily convert to Kindle. But however you go indie, keep us posted! I’m very excited for you!

  3. Frank Bishop says:

    Good luck! I look forward to picking it up on my kindle when it is released. I’m sure this will be a rewarding experience. I look forward to tracking your progress as you jump the ISDN and other hurdles.

    Btw, I heard querying took it hard. Last I heard it was eating a lot of ice cream and crying in the shower.

    • LOL, the way querying treated me, I really don’t care if it binges itself to death. Thank you! My head is already spinning with the information I’m gathering. But I can totally rock this!

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