Guest Blog Post: “Let’s get to Business: A Checklist for How to Become an Indie Author” by Shabnam Curtis

Picture by Andrew Neel @andrewneel
Picture by Andrew Neel @andrewneel

Combining creativity with business can be challenging. Author/blogger Shabnam Curtis is one heck of an organized writer! Here she generously shares her detailed and well-researched gameplan for self-publishing success of her book, “My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl”…

The Growing Mind

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Picture by Andrew Neel @andrewneel

(1121 words – 8 minute read) Independence has been the magic word through out my life. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be independent. I’ve tried hard and succeeded in so many aspects of my life; immigration, finance, job back in Iran. But, I have been a paycheck lady ever since I came to the U.S. Every now and then I thought about becoming a freelancer again but didn’t seriously pursue it. I was not and am not ready for the financial risk. But a few years ago, I noticed an inside revolution and strong desire, demanding to create something new other than a freelance project analyst. The uprising in my heart took me home; I began writing my memoir.

Writing my memoir taught me develop more critical thinking skills, approaching the society from not one but many different viewpoints. In short…

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13 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: “Let’s get to Business: A Checklist for How to Become an Indie Author” by Shabnam Curtis

  1. Thank you for sharing!.. I simply let my fingers do the walking (typing) and my heart do the talking… 🙂

    “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert

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  2. Daal, thank you for sharing Shabnam’s journey to publication. Her list is detailed and I think the work required of each task is substantial, but she has a good business sense. I suspect she has the right ideas about how to successfully self-pub and create a book and sufficient promotion that her book will get read. Really appreciate that you introduced us to Shabnam and she has been incredibly generous with what she’s learned.

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  3. This made for really interesting reading. It’s fascinating to read how she went from the first spark to writing it, doing it, growing and learning as a result. The checklist is thorough and really insightful, with a lot of aspects I wouldn’t really have thought of. Thanks for sharing this with us =]

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  4. Thank you for this—good food for thought as I’m writing my next post. Good questions to ask myself—do I have what it takes to do this? The checklist seems daunting! So much for me to learn! And that’s ok. I am a beginner just starting out on this poetic journey. So, I’m saving this for future reference as I admit to myself ‘not now, keep taking baby steps…’
    🙂

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