People here who are industry established think they know everything there is to indie publishing when they aren’t indie-published.
What are the evidences to these claims? I’m not saying you can’t share your opinion, but as far as I can see, there is no evidence to back this up at all. Can you share a quote from wattpad where anyone claimed to know everything about Indie Publishing when they aren’t even Indie published? This is a tall claim.
Two, everyone seems to think that they can become “successful” by hopping onto the next gravy train of “fads and trends” and think: “That’ll make me a gazillionaire!”
Again, I’m going to need some evidence on this. I have read no one anywhere claiming you will be a gazillionaire, or even a millionaire. I’ve heard people say with hard work and time you might be able to make a living off of your writing alone, but they’ve always identified the millionaires as outliers. It also depends on what you define as “success”. For me, success is making a living off of your writing, even if that’s only 35,000 a year. Heck, for me, I’d take 10,000 a year has having success. Most people on here whenthey say successful don’t mean millionaires. They mean making money off of their writing, even if it’s a few hundred. Some consider it having an average rating at 3 stars are higher.
Third, everyone thinks that “free” gets results. Free this, free that, free everything. No one has to shed one single American dollar for advertising or promoting. They also think social networking is a breeze and everyone just loves their novels and nobody has any complaints about anything.
Who’s saying this and where? Provide a resource of when this was said on Wattpad and everyone agreed on it. Many people have given advice on how to do certain things for free or cheaper to save money, but no one has every claimed is easy, nor have they ever claimed to have zero complaints or bad reviews on their book. They might share ways to do things that they found was easier than others, but no one has ever said it wasn’t work in some fashion. I’ve heard people say things like “formatting is easier than you think when you look into it”. Virtuslly everyone has said it’s like owning your own business.
It’s just a perfect, idyllic world and everyone becomes this huge success story overnight through no pain and virtually no gain.
When was this ever said anywhere by anyone on the Industry Insiders thread who is published, especially indie authors? You’re allowed to dsay this, but I’m going to need a source before I believe this or take it seriously because in all my time here I have come across nothing to back up this claim.
And lastly, everyone here seems to think they have the absolute perfect formula for SUCCESS and everyone should DO IT.
Some people actually do have some formulas for success based on the trials and errors they’ve seen. No one had promised perfect success, or perfection at all, but general advice on ways to waste money and scams to look out for, etc. This also comes back to definition of success…most people on here define success differently than you. You keep coming back to millions of dollars and no bad reviews but no published author on Wattpad had made this claim anywhere.
I know this sounds harsh, and cruel, and I don’t mean to attack you, but I’m trying to point out here what you’re actually doing. You honestly sound like Donald Trump when you make claims like this. You’re standing on a podium, claiming you have all this knowledge and then make accusations without anything to substantiate it.
Again, you’re allowed to share, but unless you can give me any evidence of this, and finding a quote shouldn’t be hard if it’s happening, I just can’t believe you.