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How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This Week: Barbara Freethy

How I Do It: Successful Indie Authors Share Their Secrets. This week: Barbara Freethy

“The best thing you can do for yourself and your growing fan base is to write the next book,” advises the self-published prolific novelist Barbara Freethy, an established New York Times #1 best-selling author with 35 novels to her name.

Barbara Freethy, the best-selling self-published novelistWhat’s the secret of your success?

Focus! I know that’s an intangible answer, but it’s the truth. The more I focus on my books, on their covers, their blurbs, their price points, the better I do. The more I concentrate on producing new material instead of agonizing over how older books are continuing to sell, the better I do. No one cares more about your books than you do. That’s why self publishers have been beating traditional publishers in the Indie market, focus!

What was the single best thing you ever did?

I trusted my instincts, and I started releasing books on a frequent basis to build momentum and an audience.

Did you get lucky? What happened?

I was lucky in that I had some back-list books that I could start self publishing with. That gave me a few extra books to get up while I was writing new material. But I was only able to get lucky because I’d started thinking about self publishing months earlier. I’d gotten my rights back to some books before publishers even considered they would be valuable. I always believe that preparation puts you in a place where you can get lucky.

How do you get/stay in creative mode?

I’m a self-starter and I’ve always wanted to put out series books close together. While writing for traditional publishers, I was never able to do that, but on my own, I can, so I love writing and I love putting out connected books that keep the readers happy!

How do you prioritise?

I ALWAYS put the writing first, marketing second.

Cover image of Barbara Freethy's new self-published novel, "Between Now and Forever"What’s next for you?

I’m in the middle of writing my new connected family series, The Callaways, about a family born to serve and protect, many as San Francisco firefighters. Each of the books has a love story as well as a mystery and a little adventure tossed in for fun. The first three books are out: On A Night Like This (#1), So This Is Love (#2), and Falling for a Stranger (#3). Between Now and Forever (#4) will be out on 24th October 2013.

What’s your top tip for other indie authors?

Write the next book! I’ve seen writers waste too much time planning Facebook parties and agonizing over price points and free giveaways. All of that is important, but the best thing you can do for yourself and your growing fan base is to write the next book. It’s much easier to sell the third, fourth, fifth, sixth book, then the first or second. I try to limit marketing to no more than an hour a day and the rest is spent on writing. You have to prepare for the long haul. You don’t have to sell all your books in a week or a month. You’re going to be selling your books for years, so spend time making them really good, and the readership will grow!

 

 

This Post Has 10 Comments
  1. […] Barbara Freethy – “The more I focus on my books, on their covers, their blurbs, their price points, the better I do. The more I concentrate on producing new material instead of agonizing over how older books are continuing to sell, the better I do. No one cares more about your books than you do. That’s why self publishers have been beating traditional publishers in the Indie market, focus!” (Alliance of Self-Published Authors) […]

  2. Barbara Freethy is I believe a true example of what an true Indie author is; consistent, forward thinking and entrepreneurial. Her interview is so down to earth and useful. Just love it and would welcome more interviews like this one, thank you ALLi for taking the initiative.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this interview, PaTrisha-Anne – we agree, Barbara’s approach is truly inspirational. We’re aiming to have an interview of this nature every Sunday and already have a bank of quite a few of them which you can find by searching under the “Sunday” category. Please also feel free to nominate other super-successful indie authors for this slot – new suggestions are always welcome.

  3. So wonderful to find another self-published author to admire and emulate. Concentrate on the writing! A great message. We hear so much to the contrary when it comes to promotion and marketing and it is too easy to go down the wrong road, losing valuable writing time. Thanks ALLi for interviewing such an inspiring author.

    1. This is the message that is rising to the surface so often these days, Francis – a real incentive for all writers to just keep on writing, which is of course what we’d all rather be doing!

  4. A great story of productivity. Interesting that Barbara plans the whole series together. The central theme of all these wonderful articles is focus and do not allow distractions to stop you writing the next book.

    Better get back to the keyboard…

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Barbara Freethy

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 35 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara turned to Indie publishing in 2011 and has since sold over 3 million ebooks! Fourteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. Barbara's books have won numerous awards - she is a six-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and a two-time winner for "Daniel's Gift" and "The Way Back Home". For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com or visit her on Facebook.

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