It is my pleasure to bring you Tina Radcliffe, a friend and awesome fellow author.
Traditionally published by Harlequin, Tina is also joining the Indie ranks with her latest book, The Rosetti Curse.
Please join me in welcoming Tina.
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The 6 Qualities of an Indie Author
This year marks my journey into indie publishing.
I’m a rules person. Former Army and a long time medical professional, I function well with a rule book surgically implanted in my brain.
But indie publishing isn’t about rules. It is about is change, growth and discovery. That can
be pretty scary to a rules person.
The Tony Robbins quote couldn’t be truer. “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
Indie publishing isn’t about following a roadmap. It’s about being an entrepreneur and creating your own roadmap and being brave enough to accept detours as the path to endless possibilities. It might even be an opportunity to rewrite the journey, and maybe the entire map.
I believe it takes a unique individual to embrace this philosophy. I’ve been following countless indie authors on blogs and in non-fiction books and I’ve discovered that they all share the same qualities.
Qualities of indie authors:
1. They focus on the writing- The writing comes first. Period. They produce good books not good talk.
2. They are forward thinkers- Forward thinkers see beyond today and strategize for tomorrow.
3. Envelope pushers- “To extend the current limits of performance. To innovate, or go beyond commonly accepted boundaries.” (Phrase finder)
4. Indefatigable-Tireless in the pursuit of their goals and visions.
5. Entrepreneurial spirit-“…people that challenge the norm, have original opinions that move a discussion forward, and act with tenacity and determination.” (Harvard Business Review)
6. Self-motivated-The ability to motivate themselves to move toward self-actualization. (Or in layman’s terms, a butt-kicking gene.)
Any qualities I missed?
The indie authors I’ve met, followed in social media and read about have all of the above, plus, the courage of their convictions. Courage to realize that if the journey you are on today isn’t working for you, then for goodness-sake, make a U-turn or get off at the next exit!
So where does that leave me, the rule follower? Well, I’m learning to allow that courage, buried deep inside of me by the status quo of my own rules, to come out and play. And that’s an amazing thing.
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” –Steve Jobs
Tina Russo Radcliffe writes inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired and writes sweet romantic comedy as an indie author under her other persona, Tina Russo. Do stop by her new Tina Russo website and look around, sign up for her newsletter to enter in a drawing for a 25$ Amazon gift card each month, beginning November 1. You can also “Like” her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tinarussobooks
The Rosetti Curse
"The Sopranos Meets Fried Green Tomatoes. Loved this book!"
- Sharon Sala, author of Going Once--Mira Books--October 2013
A Romantic Comedy of Italian Proportions...
She may look good in black, but Tessa Rosetti is not testing the family curse again. Three generations of women buried the men they love and confirmed Tessa’s belief in the Rosetti Curse.
Los Angeles cop, Thomas Riley, arrives back home in Silver Ridge, Colorado, to settle his grandmother’s estate, but while he's there he stumbles into trouble in the night. If his suspicions are correct, someone's cooking up more than biscotti at the local cookie factory.
Together, Riley and Tessa renew their old bond and battle a curse that leads them on a journey of destiny to the love of a lifetime.
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