OK, so I’m an indie author…

Nervous, unsure and doubtful

I launch my novels online

I’m guessing that selling one copy

could take a very long time

 

I join that dreaded Twitter thing

and tentatively start to tweet

I discover that people are friendly

supportive and rather sweet

 

It seems I’m an indie author now

so I must learn to promote myself

but without annoying other tweeters

in my bid to stand out on the shelf

 

I blog about writing and publishing

the highs and lows of the ride

sometimes people relate to my posts

which makes me feel warm inside

 

Little by little my sales creep up

and I feel like celebrating

after years of seeking a publishing deal

going indie is liberating

 

Still I’m just a novice at marketing

and I’m only a one-man-band

I’m tweeting, blogging and editing too

but I need to establish my ‘brand’

 

Women’s fiction – that’s definitely me

but I know that men like it too

I’m romantic comedy as well you see

but ballsy – not cringe-worthy goo

 

Mummy porn? Not me I’m afraid

though there’s an abundance of sparks a-flying

There’s drama a-plenty in my books

that’ll leave you laughing and crying

 

Beach reads is a good one, I’ll admit

as there’s sunshine and foreign soil

But my next one’s in Brighton in winter time

so is that another good label foiled?

 

All in all I’m just loving this journey

It’s amazing my books are being bought

I’m no longer seeking a publishing deal

But if you’re offering I’ll give it some thought


by Tasha Harrison, 2nd July 2012