What I Learned From Indie-Publishing a Novel …Twice | Guest Post By Meghan Gorecki

I'm super excited to be hosting Meghan M. Gorecki on my blog today! Meghan's sharing what she learned from indie-publishing her novel, God's Will, which is on sale for $0.99 today only! Grab some coffee and enjoy!

Once upon a time there was a writer who poured her heart, soul, sweat blood and tears into a story. A story that ended up mirroring much of her own faith journey from being raised in the church, to owning her faith and falling in love with the Lord. Upon opening her heart to publishing options outside of traditional publishing having found no luck after sending out less than a dozen queries, this writer decided to self-publish the novel of her heart.


This novel of my heart took me seven years from start to publishing-finish- line. Seven years of rewrites, overhauls, perfectionist face-desks, and yes—breaks when the writing of such a story hit too close to home. When I set plans to launch the novel of my heart, God’s Will, into the Great Wide World two years ago, I thought I knew everything. Turns out two-years- younger-me decidedly did not. I waffled for months about even to launch it in earnest at all, or just quietly publish it and give my family and friends copies. When I decided to go out on a limb and do a
soft launch, it was spur of the moment.


  • Plan, plan, plan. Figure out how you want to get your story out there, make a plan, talk to others, ask for advice—well in advance of your release date. Remember how I said how I thought I knew everything? Yeah. I so did not. I did know a few other indie-authors, and got some tremendous help in formatting both the ebook and paperback files for me—but beyond me reaching out for help with that and having a friend do a light edit, I just went off on my merry, lackadaisical way in publishing my book.


  • Do your research! Find other authors, ask them questions, ask for their stories from first draft to indie-publishing.

  • Invest in your story. Having a nice cover for both ebook and paperbacks made will only aid in getting your story out there. Again—plan out accordingly, save money to afford a cover design, and if you want/can, I would highly suggest paying for both a thorough edit and formatting services. This will make your life easier and your book even better.

These are probably the most important pieces of advice I can lend, in addition to sharing my story. When I first released God’s Will—it was in dire need of a deep edit. And, two-years- younger-me being the overly-sensitive soul I was—I didn’t want it. In short, I was a little lazy. And the first edition of my book shows it both within its pages and the sales numbers due to my former hatred of marketing.



  • If you’re like me and feel incredibly awkward talking up yourself and/or your book—look at it as a creative challenge and figure out the amount and the timing of what works for you by trial and error in the frequency and content of your social media marketing.



Despite all this, God’s used my story. I can be a perfectionist, as many of us writers can be, but don’t let that hold you back and watch the second-guessing that will come when your launch date draws near. In spite of my first edition’s glaring imperfections, God got it into the hands of whom. He wanted to read it through hardly any (and I don’t exaggerate) effort of my own. Invest both in your novel—and in the writing community. Both have proven invaluable to me. When I reached out to my friends and acquaintances to help celebrate my book’s second “birthday,” God blew me away with the enthusiastic, generous response despite me having only actually met in person a tiny fraction of the people I have in my ever-widening circle of writer/blogger friends. Including this dear hosting me here today—thank you, Emily!

The differences between Launch One and my re-launch this May are simply all God, all grace—and a lot of growth. Keep an open heart, a soft, teachable spirit and you and your story will go so far. Take it from me.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction, a blogger, book reviewer and voracious reader. Taking her life a day at a time as God leads, she is pursuing a career in the publishing industry as an editor in training and as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. A hopeless romantic, history and Marvel nut, she's also a redhead (thanks to a box), who knows way too much trivia about movie musicals and the Civil War. Find her on social media and at her blog, A Northern Belle (www.northernbellemeg.com)
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-Emily

3 comments

  1. I am SO proud of you, Meghan!!! For your soft heart for the Lord and being willing to humble yourself before Him--and us. For sharing with us your past experience and what you're learning this time around, and for being open to change!! CONGRATULATIONS, dear treasure!

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