Thursday, February 17, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Christopher Truscott

Christopher Truscott is a former journalist who now occasionally works as a political strategist. He’s a veteran of two dozen local, state and federal campaigns over the last 10 years. When he’s not obsessing about politics, he can usually be found watching the Minnesota Twins or telling people about his cats, Benny and Boo. He lives in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., and can be reached by e-mail at chris.truscott@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/christruscott.  




Advice:
  • Just do it. Lots of people have a good story bouncing around in their head, but few take time to write it down. The e-book revolution means there are no more excuses. Anyone can write a book now and get it in front of readers, so take a shot.
  • Take your time. Just because you can publish whenever you want doesn't mean you have to. It's not a race. Enjoy the process, spend time editing and be certain you're 100 percent ready to roll when you hit "publish." I generally take a year from start to finish. Some people are a bit quicker, some a little slower. Find what works for you, set reasonable deadlines and make sure you've done the best you can.
  • Read indie authors. My Kindle is loaded with books by indies and by authors published by small presses. I've enjoyed everything I've read since getting Kindle and I hope I'm banking some good Karma in the process!

Links: 
Here's the info page for my novel, complete with blurb, links to sample chapters and links to where you can buy it: http://christophertruscott.blogspot.com/2010/12/stumbling-forward-free-samples.html

1 comment:

  1. Great advice, especially about reading other indie authors. Not only is it good karma banking, but it gives you an idea of what else is on the market. These have been really great snippets, Kathleen!

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