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  1. L.A. Sartor
    July 17, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Polly, I didn’t realize Threads was your first book. I can’t wait to read the excerpt on the 27th on An Indie Adventure. “She Doesn’t Exist” is totally intriguing.

    And I like your tips, especially about the availability of paperback and digital to self pubbed authors.

    Great website, btw, I’m glad they invited you.
    ciao
    LA Sartor

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  2. Ellis Vidler
    July 18, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Very nice interview. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Threads made it to the NYT bestseller list. I’ve read all Polly Iyer’s books. They’re great and just keep getting better!

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  3. Polly Iyer
    July 18, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Thanks for stopping by, L.A. And congratulations on your sale to India. Nice. Very nice.

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  4. Maggie Toussaint
    July 18, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    One of the best things I love about Polly Iyer is that she didn’t take no for an answer. Her books often feature characters with moral issues or characters of questionable repute. When an agent couldn’t place her work, Polly believed in herself enough to indie publish her books. And that has paid off in so many ways. She’s a bit of a publishing sensation, and her fans are very loyal, though you’d never notice her going on about either.

    Success couldn’t have happened to a nicer person!

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  5. Polly Iyer
    July 18, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Gee, thanks, Ellis and Maggie, for the compliments. I don’t know about being a publishing sensation. I don’t think I am. I do have a couple of loyal fans, and I appreciate them. It’s nice to know people like what I write. That’s what it’s all about.

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  6. E. B. Davis
    July 18, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    Polly sort of forgot to mention that she placed at the top of national contests like the Daphne before she decided to self-publish. I think you have to have confidence in your writing before you self-publish, and to get that positive image of yourself as a writer, testing yourself in national contests and placing high in the competition will serve that purpose. Great tips, Polly! I’ll read Threads soon at the beach!

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  7. Wordpreneur
    July 18, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    Frankly, one’s indie publishing success has little if anything to do with whether you’ve won awards or not. To get started in indie publishing, you just have to publish. With KDP, the cost is negligible, so what the hey. Winning contests is great, of course, but I don’t see the sense in waiting around for a win to get on with things. All the success stories right here on Peeps is a testament to that. A few have won awards, yeah, but many more have not.

    If the issue is self-confidence, I would suggest to try a more practical route to try and gain that than relying on winning a writing contest.

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  8. Polly Iyer
    July 18, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Actually, I didn’t win,; I came in second. That contest had nothing to do with my decision to self-publish. I’d published two books with an epublisher in a different genre and had written three or four other books. You hit the nail on the head, Wordpreneur. Time was the major factor in my decision to self-publish on Amazon. After ten years of writing and two with an agent, I wanted to see my books in published. It was the best decision I ever made.

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  9. E. B. Davis
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    My point was that too many authors publish before they are ready. Your coming in at the top of these competitions and years of writing proved that you write at a professional level, not a claim that every self-published author can make. I know this is a controversial subject and incites panic among self-published authors, but I’ve downloaded too many self-published books not to have a valid opinion. You may not agree, but I stand firm.

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  10. Wordpreneur
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Then hire a good editor. A tip practically every Peeps author made. 🙂

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