One of the first things I did in my journey to independent publishing was—what else?—troll the Web for resources and information. There is a staggering amount of advice out there for newbies like me. The question is: how much of it is useful?
Everywhere I looked, people were insisting that authors need a social media platform and must invest time in creating online relationships with other writers, publishers, and readers. None of that is earth-shattering news, but I knew it was time to start building an online presence. Baby steps, though: I joined a Facebook group for writers in my genre (art in historical fiction), Goodreads, and the Historical Novel Society.