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Sep 18, 2017

Writer Mom Life Episode 6: Katie Cross and Diversification


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>> Katie Cross was already a self-published author of the Network series before she had her first child two years ago, so I was excited to talk to her about the transition. We were both pushed to start putting out resources when we found a lack of “what does it really look like” information out there for writers who are also parents. She started a Facebook group Indie Author Life and well as lots of great blogs posts. She’s also doing other things like ghostwriting and consulting. We talk about how so many self-published authors “can’t do just one thing,” and why that’s both a good idea and how moms are already really good at that. There’s also a secret fun fact about Katie at the end of the interview, to reward you for getting to the end of this slightly longer than usual interview.

We talked about a million different things, but here’s a rundown of the main topics:

  • How far along she was in her indie career when she had her son
  • Her maternity leave and how she set her expectations for what her writer mom life would look like after
  • The lack of resources and information that pushed her to create her own (Join her Facebook Group Indie Author Life here!)
  • What her writer mom life looks like most days
  • Some random parenting musings that have nothing to do with writing but include great gems like “My job is not to entertain him all the time” and “I’m not failing if he’s not happy all the time”
  • Why diversification in your income stream is important
  • Why parents are in a great position to self-publish already
  • Secret fun fact about Katie (one word hint: moose)


In the tips section, JR talks about diversification, including explaining what “going wide” versus Kindle Select means (though you are the only one who knows what is best for you!)