17 thoughts on “Hallee Bridgeman: Indie Author Extraordinaire

  1. Great interview. and nice to meet another indie author. You’re right, being independent does have a stigma. But I think Christian fiction needs authors who push the boundaries. Not of following God, but in great stories and great writing. I’m looking forward to reading your work.

  2. Hi, Hallee
    Where do I begin? Wow. Love the advice! Some of my favorites are…
    “I love being able to write stories that the Holy Spirit places on my heart.”
    That should be the only reason we write.
    “Hire an editor.”
    Oh, my! I’ve started a few I couldn’t finish. 😦
    “Unless you are a graphic artist, pay for a cover.”
    I will admit, I do judge a book by its cover.
    “I learn so much every time and my talent has been sharpened over and over again.”
    Write, Write, Write!
    “I go into every book prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to speak through my fingers on the keys. Every book I release is bathed in prayer and supplication.”
    ❤ ❤ ❤
    "Basically, the best way to market is to grow your readership and have a street team who tells their friends about your books."
    Write a good book and they will read! 🙂
    Love it! Thanks for all the information. I am in the 3%! And proud to be an indie!

  3. Thank you for this encouraging message. I am writing my first Christian fiction novel and there is so much to learn about publishing. I am excited to experience the next process once I finish the story. 🙂

  4. Excellent post, Hallee. I love self-publishing. I was traditionally published for five years before the Lord got a hold of my writing and when it came time to put out my new work there was not one bit of hesitation in ‘doing it myself’. Yes, it is hard work, but I won’t go back.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Sue B

  5. Some boundries are good to be pushed, but there are lines that ought not be crossed…especially in a gratuitous way.
    Thank you!

  6. Love your good advice, Hallee. I guess my burning question is how to choose an editor? Any recommendations? It’s such an important decision since that choice can make or break your book’s marketing future.

  7. Thank you for the advice. Edit–my word, yes!–until you have cerebral hemorrhage. If it’s not painful, you’re not doing it right. Most writers I know personally cannot afford a professional editor, but there are writing groups with members that will trade editing services. It might not be the best but it’s better than nothing–and decidedly better than yourself alone.

  8. Excellent interview. I’d say exactly the same. I have read a lot of Christian fiction lately and a lot shouldn’t be out there or desperately needs editing or professional cover.
    My last piece of advice would be – don’t publish until the Lord has taught you to write well. That is likely to take you a lot longer than you think! Don’t be in a rush. The Lord has the timing right. I am so glad I was delayed twice. I’ve needed every bit of that time.

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  11. Wonderful advice! I edit, hire an editor, and then publish. But marketing the book…good word. I’m trying to start a newsletter, but I haven’t quite figured out how to draw in readers to subscribe. Thoughts? Ideas?

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