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Christina Moore

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Hullo! My name is Christina Moore, and I welcome you to Diary of an Indie Author, my "official" author page here on Facebook.

I've been writing stories since I was a kid, mostly for school or just for fun, though I hadn't considered doing so professionally until I was around 19 or 20. Since then I've written quite a bit of fan fiction for Star Trek, and even some Smallville, Twilight, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fanfics, but my first love in fiction writing, my dream, was to become a published author of my own stories.

I've always known I wanted to write stories people would love and recommend to their friends. Though I'd started a number of projects over the years, it wasn't until the National Novel Writing Month challenge in November of 2010 that I told myself to just go for it. Not only did I meet the challenge's goal of 50,000 words in one month I surpassed it, amassing more than 80,000 words by the month's end. In just two more weeks, for a total of six, I had finished what is now my first official novel, "Chasing Shadows."

I spent the rest of 2010 and early months of 2011 editing and polishing off my book, and then I took the standard route into publishing--I queried agents, as most major publishing houses won't even consider a book if it's not represented by an agent. I also sent a full manuscript to a publisher which did not require agent representation. Sadly, I was rejected by all of them--all nine of the agents and the publisher. I know that many of the best-selling authors we see in the news today claim to have been rejected way more times than that, but it really threw me into something of a depression, and I began to wonder at the merits of even continuing to pursue the dream I'd had for well over a decade.

But my friends wouldn't let me forget--they often asked me how my writing was going, because they enjoyed my work. I hated telling them that I wasn't getting much of anywhere, being too bummed out by a shut-out of rejections, so I started listening to the voices in my head again, the ones clamoring for their stories to be told. Though I began to slowly get back into writing, I wasn't sure how to go about getting my work published, and it was about this time that I read online about ways to do something I'd heard about many times before: self publishing. Sites like Lulu.com, Smashwords.com, and now even Amazon.com were opening doors for independent authors to market their hard work, and so I decided to take that road too.

At first I wanted to go directly to Amazon through their Kindle Direct Publishing program. I read through my book several times more, fixed what I thought were errors and fine-tuned the text, and I loaded it up. Either I was doing something wrong or there was trouble on the KDP end, because I could not get the uploaded version of the book to keep the formatting. So I decided to go with Smashwords, who had a formatting guide by which to set the text of my story so that it was properly set when the file was opened on the e-readers it was available for (if KDP had a formal formatting guide in January of 2012, I was not aware of it's existence).

Six months went by, and much to my dismay, only one book was sold (though it has earned interest in that time). I was once again debating even continuing--had even thought about unpublishing from Smashwords--when I connected with a couple of other indie authors on Facebook. To be honest I forget how we met, but in talking to writers Kristine Cayne and Kristie Haigwood (among others) about my struggles, and listening to theirs, I felt my spark and my desire to keep the dream alive renewed once more. So I downloaded KDP's new formatting guide (new to me, at any rate) and went through the book yet again, making sure it was set how it needed to be for Kindles everywhere. Kristine then led me to what has become quite the resource for indie authors like us, the Free Reed and Review group on Facebook. There us indies offer copies of our books for the price of a review, and the folks there have been just wonderful. Another great FB group is Indie Authors - Soon to be Released, where we can shamelessly promote our upcoming works!

Now I know dozens of other independent authors like myself, who work just as hard as me to get their stories out there. Though I knew intellectually I wasn't the only one struggling to make it, actually knowing others like me, even if only virtually, makes this journey a whole lot easier to bear. So does having the support of my family and friends who are eager to see me succeed. There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude.

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My Blog: http://diaryofanindieauthor.blogspot.com/
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaMoore.Author

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