Indie Publishing. It’s been a fast three-year, fun ride. I can’t wait to see what the next years bring to my own writing as well as other Indie Publishers.

My goal is to connect with readers in the stories I write, the characters that nag until I give them their reins. My hope is readers can bond with them as much as I did while writing them. There isn’t anything better than finding a memorable character within an exciting story.

As an Indie writer and publisher, those characters see the light of day when the time comes. When the character’s timing is right, when my timing is right.

Indie Publishing doesn’t come without hard work, nor keeping up with all the changes, from formatting to marketing.

Writers wear many hats and a medley of colors. I have a closet full of hats and wear one every day.

So, no. Becoming an Indie Publisher isn’t a decision I’ve regretted, and never will.

All I need now is a thirty-six hour day.


Waiting on one of the “Big Publishers.” As many other writers, I’ve paid a bucket-load of dues writing synopses, learning what to do, as well as what not to do. Researching everything under the sun to prepare myself for publication, taught me patience and toughened my skin.

I learned not to get upset when someone doesn’t like my writing. It isn’t about you, it’s about the writing or story. Not everyone will love my stories or characters. That’s okay. Maybe one day a character will weave their way into that reader’s heart and they’ll find a little bit of themselves sewn in.

Yes. Years ago, I’d made the decision to never Indie Publish. Now, that’s a decision I’ve regretted. I wish my books had found their way into a reader’s hands, or a wireless reader much sooner. But, that’s water under the bridge or over the dam, whichever way you want to look at it.

To look back is fruitless. It’s time to look forward to writing, characters and stories to warm the heart.

Do you have any regrets regarding writing or publication?

A Smoky Mountain Wedding – Book Two, coming soon.
My books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Apple and Smashwords.
You can find links on my website, here.


About Carol

Carol’s roots are sown in the South. Her writings are Southern, small town based and include romantic comedies, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She believes in falling in love, family values, and happy endings. When time allows, she dabbles in art, and always has popcorn, pickles, and hot chocolate on hand. While a dose of humor sprinkles throughout her stories, they may or not, be based on real life characters. Some are convinced they are, but only she knows for certain, and she won’t gossip. Carol currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family. A multi-published eBook author since 2011, Carol's won numerous awards, and previously published in poetry, short stories and novels. Novels available in ebook: (A Short Story) A MATTER of TASTE, PERFECT MATCH, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (also available in print), CHRISTMAS at the GRANGER INN, CHRISTMAS at APPLE LAKE, THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING. Coming December 2019: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Wedding Coming December 2020: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Baby Where to find Carol DeVaney online:
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  1. Joan Reeves says:

    Do you remember the Frank Sinatra song that goes: “Regrets, I’ve had a few”? Well, my words to that are: “Regrets I’ve had a boatload!” There are so many things I regret personally and professionally, but most of them regard events out of my control. I’ve made some bone-headed moves in life, but they have all led me to where I am now so I can’t complain. It’s better to look ahead than in the rear view mirror of life.


  2. Mona Risk says:

    Great blog, Carol. No, I don’t regret anything. If I could live my life again, I will do it exactly as I did. No regrets. I studied very hard. I worked a lot all my life. I took many calculated risks that on the long run proved to be worthwhile and I taught my children to do the same. When I grow tired of writing novels, I may write a memoire for my children and grandchildren to discover how their parents started from scratch without even the money to pay for my first delivery and no insurance.


  3. susanrhughes says:

    I regret that I have not read more over the years. I have a stack of books I want to read and no time now!


  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    Well said, Carol!


  5. E. Ayers says:

    They say we don’t regret the things we’ve done, we regret the things we didn’t do. Looking back, I can see that now. But I’d rather look ahead. My past is always with me. Its made me what I am.


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