In 2012, I got into independent publishing. It was during the big boom and before market saturation, at the fall of vampires and the rise of 50 Shades. Everyone who was going to be an overnight success already was. In the midst of quitting my cake decorating job of 6 years to move back home, I started SideStreet Cookie Publishing LLC and published my first book, Scorned: A LeKrista Scott, Vampire Hunted novel. You can download it for free today, along side 3 of my other books. I’ll link them at the end.

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. The point I’m trying to make isn’t that I took a big leap and it paid off, blah blah blah. I want everyone to understand that I published a vampire book just as vampires were becoming unpopular. I started publishing independently just as everyone else decided to do the same thing and the market for ebooks became saturated almost overnight. I started a publishing company with no training and no clue when everyone else got the idea to do the same thing.

The road hasn’t been easy and it hasn’t always been successful. But I never quit and I never gave up. I had a dream and a few setbacks weren’t going to stop me from doing everything in my power to make it come true. I entered the industry when overnight success was dead. I entered when working for success was what would set apart the those who kept going and those who quit. I’ve had successes and major flops. I’ve seen the rise and fall of great writers, and I’ve seen successful authors ruin their careers in the name of desperation. I’ve been caught in the middle of those desperate acts and lost friends and gained new ones because of them.

And I’ve seen incredible authors succumb to imposter syndrome.

In my six years of publishing and working with authors of all genres and styles, I have become increasingly aware of an epidemic sweeping the industry. Lack of confidence is the biggest cause of fear and fear is the biggest crusher of dreams. It’s being ignored and treated like it’s normal because we’re creatives, so there’s nothing we can do about it. But I disagree.

Creatives don’t have to be crippled by fear. We can rise above it and it’s my mission to prove that we indie authors can dominate this industry like we did at the beginning. We could be doing so much better. We could have so many more “overnight success stories”, but we’re going to have to work for it.

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As promised, here are the links to my free books on Amazon and B&N:
Scorned: A LeKrista Scott, Vampire Hunted novel
US: http://amzn.to/1mclB2y
UK: http://amzn.to/1mclB2y
CA: http://amzn.to/1nkEjYM
BN: http://bit.ly/1nfMWTF
The Man Without Rules:
US: http://amzn.to/1ljq9mZ
UK: http://amzn.to/1aK4zHj
CA: http://amzn.to/1eNgmUE
BN: http://bit.ly/1oILrNo
Beast Within:
US: http://amzn.to/1fKN4mr
UK: http://amzn.to/1fdqiT9
CA: http://amzn.to/1mEKyBy
BN: http://bit.ly/1LeXOz2
Rat City
US: http://amzn.to/2ipMPv7
UK: http://amzn.to/2gqLNuA
CA: http://amzn.to/2y4EmVk
BN: http://bit.ly/2E6OiNb