Most indie authors will tell you they aren’t like anyone else. They’re a little...unique. But while that’s certainly true, there’s also several personality traits all successful indie authors have in common. Here are the top ten:
As an indie author, every aspect of the publishing process is in your control. Successful indie authors are comfortable being their own IT support, marketing manager, PR director, web master and CFO. In fact, most of them chose the indie route versus the traditional path precisely because of their near-pathological need to do everything themselves. So, if you’re the type to sit back and let someone else control your destiny, then indie publishing is probably not for you.
2. Intellectual curiosity
If you don’t have questions about, well, everything, you probably won’t learn what you need to learn in order to be a successful indie author.
3. Never-say-die attitude
As an indie author, you’ll face roadblocks and setbacks. But only indie authors who never give up will ultimately succeed.
4. Thick skin
It’s hard to believe, we know, but some people won’t love your book. (Pause for a moment to let that depressing tidbit sink in) Successful indie authors know that you can’t stop writing because some people don’t love your work.
5. Team spirit
Successful indie authors stick together and support each other. They do not belittle each other or begrudge anyone their success. Other authors are not your competition. Trust us: there’s plenty of readers to go around. All authors can play in the same literary sandbox.
Striking out on your own as an indie author is scary. You’re risking your reputation and your self-esteem, as well as some upfront money for formatting and book cover design. But hiding behind your fears (and budgetary concerns) will get you nowhere fast.
7. They read. Alot.
Stephen King said, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ‘Nuff said.
8. Belief in yourself
If you don’t believe in the value of your work, why should your readers?
9. They can self-edit effectively
Sometimes you’ll come up with a great line or paragraph or chapter. You’ll love it. If you can’t look at it objectively in the editing process and eliminate it if necessary for the betterment of the final draft, you’ll struggle for success in the indie publishing world.
10. They write
Successful indie authors don’t talk about writing; they actually do it. Talk to any good indie author and you’ll find they have several published books and a few in progress, with plans for future works. Self-promotion and building a platform is important, but not at the cost of meeting your daily word count goals.
Did we miss anything? What traits have contributed to your success as an indie author? Are there things you wish you could do better? Leave a comment below or drop us a line.