Thoughts on Freedom

my way

My Way

I’m an indie author.

I choose what I want to write.

Sometimes, I aim for markt. Sometimes, I write for friends or fans.

And sometimes, I just write for fun.

This November, for NaNoWriMo, I wrote for fun.

Admittedly, I started out writing a story for fans. And got stuck in it. I know I’ll finish it eventually, the big plot lines are firmly established, and pantsing the small stuff makes the story fun to write. But I got stuck anyway, and decided to give my peeps time to reorganize themselves.

So now I’m putting words into another story that I enjoy very much. I wrote about it earlier because it’ll end up as two stories, eventually. (Recycling Story Ideas)

Being an indie author, I can do what I want, how I want it and when I want it. And I can have a dragon shifter romance with a strong female lead, I can have a war mare in it (although I still have to figure out how to take care of her in the end), and I can write that story exactly the way I want to read it.

Because I don’t have to please an editor.
Because I don’t have to please a marketing expert.
Because I don’t have to write to deadlines for a publisher.

This is total creative freedom, and I love it.

Readers, on the other hand, have the freedom to pick up exactly those books they want to read, too.

They can finally get as many Romance stories as they want to. With or without dragons.
They can look around and are no longer bound by book fashions.
They can read a series as fast or as slowly as they want to, because the second book will no longer be sold out.
They can pack their eReaders with as many books as they want, and read them wherever they want, without embarrasment.

Total reading freedom.

And I love it. This is how it should be.

About Hannah Steenbock

Hannah Steenbock is an author, dreamer, and coach. She has published several short stories in English and German, as well as one novel in German. In 2013 she started self-publishing her work. In 2014, she has won two awards for her short story "Sequoia".
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