Mindset is perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing indie authors. Never mind marketing, with all of its changing tactics and strategies. Your mindset has the potential to sink you before you ever get anywhere near an advertising platform.
A myriad of productivity books already exist. And the indie author is spoiled for choice among the raft of titles related to marketing and writing craft. But there are fewer books to choose from about mindset. In Indie With Ease: Practical ways to conquer stress, boost productivity, and love your self-publishing career, Pauline Wiles tackles the subject with aplomb, choosing to focus on the lonelier path of the indie author.
Indie With Ease is a thorough effort, covering topics including:
- finding your ideal time to write,
- finding a support network among fellow writers,
- choosing which parts of the process to outsource,
- and how to track your writing output.
But Indie With Ease isn’t just for beginners. Wiles provides plenty of journaling prompts to get seasoned indies thinking if they’d like to kick their writing up a notch. Or if they feel something isn’t working as well as it could. Each chapter ends with three or four of these prompts. And you’ll get more out of the material by reflecting on it through such prompts.
The chapters are also self-contained. The beginner can work through it in a sequential fashion as a form of self-study course. And more experienced indies can dip in and out, consulting the chapters most applicable to them.
Your mindset won’t know what’s hit it.
Wiles also provides a host of bonus downloads. You can try out trackers, charts, and other goodies to help you put this material into practice. Wondering why these trackers are so handy? You can’t begin to pinpoint what will work best for you until you test new strategies. By keeping track of your output for each strategy, you can better determine which is the right one for you.
Wiles has a smooth, encouraging writing style and each chapter feels like a brand new pep talk. While Wiles doesn’t sugar coat the indie author path, she’s still positive about its many foibles. You’ll come away from this book with a whole host of things to try to kickstart your indie author career. So if you can’t afford a writing coach, Indie With Ease might be the next best thing.
Indie With Ease is available for Kindle and in paperback.