Five Questions I Get Asked as an Indie Author

In the summer of 2020, I decided to make the leap and begin my journey into writing.

So I composed my first novella.

As I typed every author’s two favorite words, “The End,” I thought… Now what?

Instead of going the traditional course, I took the route of self-publishing. Through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, I was able to share not only that first work, but an additional SEVEN over the past two years.

Since putting my writings out there, I have been asked a variety of questions and thought it was about to time to compile a list and share my answers for both readers and fellow authors.

Frequently Asked Questions for an Author

Or at least Frequently Asked Questions for This Author.

What is the difference between a self published and an indie author?

To be honest, I never understood the difference either!

Basically self-published is you publishing your own books through a sort of system that IS NOT a publishing company. (Like I do with KDP). Indie authors ARE self-published. They just intend to reach a wider audience and potentially make a living from their works.

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Where do you self-publish?

There are several options for self-publishing, but I 100% find Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing to be the most user friendly. You also have the option of offering all of your works for free for readers who use Kindle Unlimited, which is incredible, because apparently KU has approximately three million users.

Why did you choose to self-publish?

I wanted to self-publish because I knew everything would be in my control. There was no middle-man. I had the final say over the layout of my works, the covers and the formatting. I also like being able to offer special promotions and discounts through KDP.

What is the best way readers can support you?

  1. Read some of my books!
  2. Write reviews!

Many people like to scan reviews to see others’ thoughts first. Is it worth your time? If you thought one of my books was worth your time, PLEASE remember to leave at least the rating on Amazon. Reviews are tremendously appreciated, and yes, I read every single one.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I received this question a few times over the past year, because if you follow me on Instagram or know me outside of social media, you may know I went through a very real period of time where I experienced writer’s block.

What helped me? I stopped working on the given project and instead, focused my thoughts on writing prompts. I recommend to keep reading (never stop), and keep writing (also never stop), but just try not to stress over the work that is causing the block.


Any more questions? Leave them in the comments below!


What Books Are By Kristen Dutkiewicz?

Now that we’re talked about my life as an author, here are some direct links to my works!

(Don’t forget to leave those reviews! Also, remember all are available in paperback, eBook, and FREE with KU!)

All works by Kristen Dutkiewicz

1. Romance – All the Stages

2. Memoir – You Don’t Look Sick

3. Suspense – The Texts From Last Night

4. Come of age – The Clover Girls

5. Fiction – The Westworth Women

6. Romance – When Opposites Attract

7. Thriller – The Contestants

8. Fiction – Adulting

Happy reading!!

Published by Kristen Dutkiewicz

I am a an author, recently releasing six short-reads/novellas on Amazon, including my short read memoir about my journey with multiple sclerosis. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my fiance and two cats. When I am not writing, you can find me either exercising or reading!

2 thoughts on “Five Questions I Get Asked as an Indie Author

  1. Great questions and answers! I myself get over writer’s block by writing the crappiest crap that I can. Usually, that makes me want to edit things to avoid humiliation, and before I know it, I’m back to writing again. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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