“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
- Oscar Wilde

Kara Jorgensen of New Jersey, USA has been writing for as long as she can remember. Like many authors she struggled with self-doubt about actually getting published. It wasn’t until a college professor mentored her that she realized being published wasn’t actually out of her reach. She has now self-published four stories. “All my life I had thought traditional publishing was the only way, but after some research, I found that while self-publishing was more work, it offered me more creative freedom,” say Jorgensen

Without a traditional publisher, Jorgensen is able to write as much or as little as she wants; there is no one to set the deadlines. She is also able to experiment with genres without worrying about the market or trends, which she certainly has. Her work could be classified under steampunk, historical fiction, dark fantasy, paranormal fantast, and LGBT. “There’s a bit of horror, dark science, morbid medical practices, and the paranormal in my series, but I’m a rather upbeat person so it tends to end in a happier place than a traditional horror story,” says Jorgensen.

Being an indie author is a lot of work. It can quickly become overwhelming. Not only do you have to write, but you also have to promote yourself and your work. Thankfully with social media tools and the widely spread acceptance of indie books it is becoming much easier. “Self-publishing gives me control over nearly every aspect of the publishing process,” says Jorgensen. There are also a large number of self-publishing companies out there, some even offer promotional options. Be sure to do your research. A lot of companies also means a lot more scams.

“A key trait of successful authors is flexibility and adaptability, so be careful not to get stuck in a rut or repeatedly do something if it isn’t working,” comments Jorgensen.

Even though we write for an audience, writing is very personal. Characters come alive. Plots sometimes surprise even us. The problem is we are often so close to our writing that we don’t want to change it. We can’t possibly imagine the story with more or less. There is no way the main character would do that. Without that no one will understand the setting. However, it’s important to get feedback from others. “If you get criticism, take it and sit on it for a little while. Then, look at whether it is at least partially true,” advices Jorgensen. It certainly doesn’t mean that you need to make any changes; after all, the story is yours or your characters to tell.

The Ingenious Mechanical Devices Series:
The Ingenious Mechanical Devices series is set in England in the 1890s and follows the lives of several young people trying to find their places in the world. You have Eilian who loses his arm in a dirigible crash, and as he’s learning to work around his disability, he meets Hadley, a woman who is struggling to take over her brother’s toy and prosthesis business after his death. The other half of the series follows Emmeline and Immanuel who unwittingly become entangled in each other’s life when a potion binds their souls together and are hounded by a mad nobleman who would destroy them to find immortality and power. The series will revolve around the characters within this anachronistic universe growing and finding their place.

  • Book One: The Earl of Brass
  • Book Two: The Winter Garden
  • Book Three: The Earl and the Artifice
  • Book Four: Dead Magic (coming soon)