The Twelve Steps of Indie Publishing

1. We admitted we were powerless over mainstream publishers and that our queries had become unmanageable.


2. Came to believe that a Process greater than ourselves could get our book online or in print.


3. Made a decision to turn our work and our craft over to our readers, as we identified them.

4. Made a searching and fearless edit of our manuscript.


5. Admitted to our editors, our beta readers, and ourselves the exact nature of its flaws.

6. Became entirely willing to work to remove these defects of writing.

7. Humbly asked editors and friends to help remove these problems.


8. Made a list of all people who would support our work, and became willing to reach out to them all.









9. Made direct contact with these people, except when to do so would annoy them or others.







10. Continued to improve our writing, and when we were amateurish or prolix, promptly deleted it.


11. Sought through social media and e-mail to improve our conscious contact with readers, seeking only to understand their feedback and implement it when appropriate.

12. Having sold our books as a result of these steps, we reached out to other indie authors, and practiced these principles in all our literary affairs.

6 replies
  1. Richard S. Hartmetz
    Richard S. Hartmetz says:

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    • Pavarti K Tyler
      Pavarti K Tyler says:

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  2. Kathy Steinemann
    Kathy Steinemann says:

    “Having sold our books as a result of these steps, we reached out to other indie authors”

    That point is important. We improve the public perception of indie publishing when we help others improve their craft.


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