I thought I would explain to you just how I ended up an Indie Author of a Psychic Development book.
In case you’re just tuning in, I’m an Indie Self Published Author of a Psychic Development Book. *points at sidebar* That’s my book over there. This is a book that fits into the new age / metaphysical section of Barnes & Noble and Chapters. It’s a NICHE market book. The only people picking up this book are people interested in expanding their psychic awareness. Admittedly, the draw for that is low. But that’s fine, it’s my first book, it’s technical, candid, professional, well researched, and fun.
I’m okay with THAT book being self published, however, that wasn’t my original idea. I didn’t want to be a self published author.
Way back in 2009 I finished it, printed it off, packaged it up and submitted it to the biggest metaphysical publishing house, Llewellyn’s. My FIRST time submitting anything to a publishing house and I got a call from an acquisitions editor. She loved the book, she wanted to take it to her team and pitch it, blah blah blah. She asked for revisions, and after one round she took it to the team. They asked for more revisions, said it was too much like a textbook. She gave me a deadline, I explained that I had some prior engagements and I might not make it. She said it was fine, get it to her when I could. I was a month late with the revisions. Three months later she officially dropped my book. That’s why I self published. There was nowhere else to go for metaphysical books. There are religious publishers, but my book is straight up psychic development, no religion. So I was cornered.
I like to think of this little incident as “That time I got ‘THE CALL’ and didn’t know it was ‘THE CALL’ and flubbed it up.”
I royally flubbed it up. Because of it, the book is self published. It’s sold 80 copies in a year, and I’m happy with that. I knew it wasn’t going to sell like thousands of copies, but with Llewellyn’s it would have sold a few more. Around 500 I estimated. That’s not a huge number of books, but it’s normal for that type of book. They’re not meant to sell 100,000 copies.
When it comes to THE FERRYMAN AND THE FLAME that’s a different ball game altogether. It’s YA, it’s fantasy, it’s fiction! So with that book I’ve got a wider audience potential. I have to do my best to acquire an agent who will help me sell it to the companies that could make it a big deal. I know I can’t luck out and make it a big deal by myself, and I would rather be told no by every literary agent in the world, be told no by every house that takes unsolicited manuscripts and be told no by every small publishing house too before I self publish.
I’ve decided that self publishing is a last ditch effort for me. Being an Indie Author to me means I’m not going to sell a lot of copies, I’m not going to get my books into Chapters or Barnes & Noble. It means I do all the formatting, editing, marketing, cover designing, myself, or I find and pay people to do it for me. And that was a lot of work with Integrated Intuition. I did have someone else format it, I had a cover artist create the eye you see on the front, I had reviewers test run it, and I put those blurbs on the back. I got book marks and business cards, I sent letters out to all the metaphysical shops in Canada, I talked to my local stores, and again, 80 copies have sold in a year.
The thing that makes me happy with that book is that it is timeless, the information will never change. I’m not going to come up with another formula for being psychic and so this information will keep well. I didn’t put a lot of pop culture references into it that will die out later, so this information can continue to be recycled. And that’s all I needed. The people who have picked it up have been the right people who will learn something from it, it will enhance their lives. That’s what matters to me.
So in case you were wondering why I seem to be a big hypocrite, I’m not.
Integrated Intuition is my first book, it had a low chance of making it in the first place, it almost did, it fell through, and I put it out myself. The thing is, that book did get interest from an editor. It went through two rounds of revisions with that editor. Just because the publishing house handed it back to me in the long run means nothing. I still got the information I needed to take it to the level it needed to be at.
Frankly, I wish more Indie Authors were as conscientious about their work as I am. It’s a shark tank out there, and people are going to sink or swim in this market. It’s as simple as that.
And me? I’d rather have the editors on my ass telling me what I did wrong and what I need to do better than having my readers tell me that. I want my readers to love my book, not tear it apart because it’s not ready to be published yet.
And that’s why I’m Indie, but I didn’t want to be.