British historical novelist Kathyrn Guaci, a Professional Member of ALLi now resident in Melbourne, Australia, explains why discipline, visualisation and determination are three key characteristics to help indie authors explore and exploit the huge opportunities available in self-publishing – while going hybrid for the sale of her foreign rights, has further expanded her options.
What’s your proudest achievement to date as an indie author?
Six months after the publication of The Embroiderer, it was picked up by a Greek publisher and is now published in Greek and is available in stores throughout Greece and Hellenic-related institutions throughout the world. It was a great achievement as it meant that a book about Greek history, written by a non-Greek was accepted by the Greek people.
Being a “hybrid” author allows me to expand my horizons.
What’s the single best decision you ever made?
Taking the plunge from a secure life as a textile designer to that of a writer. The career change was a leap into the unknown but it gave me a renewed burst of energy.
What’s been your biggest surprise as an indie author?
The world is your oyster.
It never fails to amaze me when I see my book chosen for a book club in places that I never would have dreamed of, or when someone contacts me from the other side of the world to compliment me on a book. And all this from the comfort of my home, thanks to technology.
What’s your greatest challenge – and how do you deal with it?
The endings are the worst. I have the scenario in my head, but bringing it to a closure which is logical and timely is not easy. The tempo is faster-paced but you can’t rush it. Neither can you draw it out.
How do you get/stay in a creative mood?
I am a creative person by nature so once I get the germ of an idea, I go for it.
I am also a great believer in walking away from the writing for a while. In this case, I sit in the garden with a glass of wine, cook, watch films, and read – anything that relaxes me – but I never turn off.
The plot is bubbling away in my subconscious.
How do you remain productive/motivated?
I view this as a career, not a hobby.
I am in it for the long haul so discipline is vital. It’s also important to visualise the end result.
Fix that dream in your head and reach for the stars. That way you have a goal.
What’s your favourite thing about being an author–publisher?
Taking responsibility into my own hands. It’s not an easy path, but you can blossom through your experiences, good and bad.
It’s also means that more of the money from sales comes back to me rather than through a middle man.
What are your top tips for other ALLis?
- Believe in yourself and don’t try and imitate others.
- Develop your own style.
- Visualise the end result and don’t procrastinate.
What’s next for you?
I’m just finishing the last book in my Asia Minor series, most of which is set in Anatolia, Turkey. I am also working on a WWII novella to be included in an anthology along with other WWII authors. After that, a spy thriller set in Istanbul and Greece during WWII.Professional #indieauthor @KathrynGauci shares the secrets of her #selfpublishing success in our weekly interview slot with high-achieving #selfpub writers Click To Tweet