Review: Why Go Indie?: 6 Reasons for Self-Publishing (TBC Writer’s Toolkit Book 1) by Devika Fernando

After meeting Devika through one of my favourite writer groups, I was awed by her writing discipline.  An entrepreneur by day and a writerpreneur by night, she is a living inspiration to anyone who wants to make a career out of their passion. Hence I could not wait to pick up  her booklet on Self publishing. Being the one who made self publishing work for her, she succeeded in garnering a global audience and her advice was bound to be invaluable.

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And I was not disappointed at all!

In a simple but honest way, the author summarizes the dilemma felt by every writer after penning the manuscript down. The fact that unsolicited manuscripts find it hard to get takers even if they are of the award winning material is well put through. I could very well connect to the dilemma that I had faced about 3 years back when my first literary baby Abhaya had to be published.

Successful Self published writers are no nonsense entrepreneurs who have their production and publishing schedules planned and prefer flexibility. They are their own hustlers and want a way to do it while balancing work and life. They are those who demand a fair share in royalties. Devika beautifully elucidates the fair royalty model that Indie writers can make use of along with the transparency that platforms like Kindle Direct Publishing offers.

There are other reasons too, well explained in the short booklet. If you are an aspiring writer who wants your story to be published, I urge you to read this book as soon as possible.

Also, a huge shout out to The Book Club for putting this together. Being the first book of a promising series, I am also looking forward to read and review the others. Watch this space for the next ones.

About the Author


Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.


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