Monday, August 6, 2012

{My Indie Monday} M.R. Merrick


Welcome to the first ever {My Indie Monday} post! MIM is the brain child of MMSAI team member Yvette and if you would like to be a featured Indie Author or want more info on how to participate as a blogger CLICK HERE

MY INDIE MONDAY is a meme all about Independent and Self Published Authors. Who they are. Where to find them. Why you should read them.

Join in by featuring one on your blog each Monday, any way that you like, and link up below!! Don’t forget to grab the image above, and link back to us!

I’m very excited to be starting off this new meme with a great Indie Author friend of mine who is going to do a guest post in Indie vs Traditional Publishing and also answer a few interview questions! Plus he has an awesome eBook giveaway for you as well so check it out!!



M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

Indie vs. Traditional

Oh the decisions we have to make in our lives. This one just happens to be a major choice every writer has to make at some point. For some, it’s not much of a choice at all, for others, it’s a big decision. For me, it was the latter

I didn’t start writing to get published. I didn’t have a dream of seeing my books in bookstores, or some fable of fame and fortune running through my mind (except for that one time). I started writing simply because I had stories to tell, and I enjoyed telling them.

When the thought of publishing entered my mind, I had just finished dr12688952aft one of my first novel, Exiled. I thought I had something great and I wanted to see what it could do, so I read every blog I could find by agents, editors, and others in the business. I learned how to write the devil letter query, and I made this a second full-time job. One I would work on every single night after the kids were asleep for well over a year… sometimes accompanied by adult beverages.

The issue I had/have with traditional publishing is I have no desire to wait four to eight weeks just to get a response on whether or not an agent wants sample pages. I don’t like some of the agents “If you don’t receive a response in ninety days, this means we’re not interested” response methods. I mean really, even a form rejection is better than this, and it takes two seconds to send it. I understand and respect their processes, because I understand that querying is a small percentage of what they do, but after one round of querying, I’d had enough. It just wasn’t for me.

13409819Finding Amazon’s KDP publishing service was the best thing that happened to me. Ironically, the personal impatience I had towards traditional publishing did not overlap into my self-publishing endeavors. I knew without a doubt I had to be top shelf quality; I needed a product that could rival traditional publishers. I hired editors to tear apart edit my book, and cover artists to create wicked, eye-catching covers. I learned how to build connections with bloggers, because to me, they are an irreplaceable asset in the publishing world. Essentially, I started a small business, with my books being the only product for sale. With only one product to offer, it needed to stand out.

Now I sit here, having just made the leap to write full-time, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m hard at work on my third book in The Protector Series, I’m ready to write the fourth, and I have my next series, a much darker Urban Fantasy, ready to outline.

Looking back, I wouldn’t change my decision. I love being my own boss and I’m happy with the results so far, but that doesn’t mean I’ll never travel the traditional publishing path. At some point in my life, I would love to see my books in bookstores too, and not just the ones I approach personally.

Which path to travel is not an easy choice, and nobody can make it for you. Neither will lead to instant riches or successes, and if that’s the only reason you’re writing books, you’ve been sadly misinformed. The truth is, the only person who can make this decision is you. Educate yourself, learn what you can about both paths, and decide what’s best for both you, and your novel. What worked for me, or someone else, might not work for you. Either way, in some fashion, we’re all in this together, so no matter what you decide, you are not alone (insert creepy alien music here).

The choice is yours and regardless which you choose, be proud of it, and give it everything you’ve got!


What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up the first draft of the third book in The Protector Series, Release. I’m hoping to have it done in the next day or two. I’ve just sent off designs to my cover artist and I’m excited to see how it turns out. This is the turning point in the series as it marks the 3/4 point, and things are about to get intense. I have not enjoyed writing any book as much as I have this one, and it’s different from the previous two in a lot of ways. It’s been an amazing experience.

Who is your favorite character to write, and why?

This is a really tough one…I have enjoy each character in different ways, but I think my absolute favorite is Vincent, who plays a much more prominent role in Release, than he has in the previous installments.

Weird writing habits? Anything you have to do, eat or place you need to be for instance while writing?

This seems to change with every book. Exiled and Shift required music at all times. Release, however, has been crafted in silence.

I bought a desk for this book, because writing at the kitchen table kills my neck, but I haven’t used it once. I’ve tried, but it just hasn’t worked. I get the right vibe at the kitchen table, so although it causes me pain, that’s kind of where I have to be situated right now.

Weirdest moment to get an idea for a scene?

Okay, I probably shouldn’t mention this, but I get my best ideas in the car, while driving. The scary thing is, I’ll be on my way somewhere, an idea will hit me, and I start to explore it in serious depth. The next thing I know, I’m at my destination and I don’t remember any of the driving, or stop lights, or anything about the trip. I hope I didn’t run all the red lights, or worse, run someone over…

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And remember you can feature them any way you like, you don’t have to interview and what not. Just tell us who they are, why we should read them and where we can find them!



  1. Thanks for featuring M.R. Merrick, I am a huge fan of his work and I can't wait to read Release, I just know it will be awesome!!

  2. Excellent post! I would love the opportunity to start this series. It sounds fascinating!

  3. Great Post and Giveaway opportunity. M.R.Merrick is hilarious to talk to on twitter. I have been wanting to read his books, but my buying habit gets me in trouble and so I can only purchase so much at a time without the red flags showing. lol

    I think this is a great idea, however, if I don't know the indie author or have read their work before I am leery. There have been so many attacks on reviewers from this area that I am stepping back. Sadly, I am still working on my new review policy. I wish you the best though. :o)

    M.R. Merrick I will gladly any copies of you books for an honest review. You are not part of the author crazy train.

  4. I love this new meme! I've always wanted to read Exiled.

  5. I really enjoy Matt's writing. And I think it's funny that he has to write at the kitchen table. I totally understand though. I can't seem to write if it's too quiet (I have two kids) but if they are asking me questions or just talking at me I can't concentrate on writing. And the driving thing, totally get that! Sometimes it's weird to realize that I'm suddenly THERE, and I don't even recall driving there.

  6. Love Mr Matt Man! I have both Exiled n Shift which I won (signed) n also in e -books, thanks for the adventure Matt, can't wait fer it ta continue with Release! Xoxo

  7. Yes I would love to join in, I love Indie books!

  8. I love Indie books and definitely willl check this out more often!


  9. Cool post,now I have them (Shift and Exiled) on my TBR list

  10. I like this, going to add the meme to the list I have and share this with my indie group!


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