Libraries have long been deeply rooted in local communities. By being active in events like Indie Author Day, self-published authors can leverage libraries as a free and community-centered approach to building and reinforcing their readership.
Think of your book description as the most important sales pitch of your life. Every word must count, every idea must serve to rope readers in. Too often, indie authors fall short and lose readers to a book with better promo copy.
Independent authors suffer the indignity of working jobs that just don't nurture the artist within. Take heart – before they were famous, most every writer suffered the same sad fate of the "real job." Actually, as this infographic from Unplag.com indicates, some of these jobs bordered on the unreal.
The Ploughshares at Emerson College blog recently posted an amusing series of graphs titled "Depressing Graphs For Writers." Did I say amusing? Well, it depends on your sense of humor and which phase of the literary arc you're currently in, but it might help lighten your mood after a rough week of writer's block or frustration that your latest has yet to land on the best seller list.