While I've only been an author for a short few years, I've met many, many amazing authors and friends from all over the world. Literally hundreds of people I would never have known, if not for the Indie Author Community I discovered on social media. This is one massive support system.
As a new author, starting out, you may find yourself feeling daunted and alone, as I did initially. I had family and friends at home encouraging me, but I had no idea what was in store for me out there. What I found was the biggest support system an author can possibly have through social media. Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, just to name a few, all bring the Indie Authors together in way no publisher could ever do.
The biggest majority of the people I've met are friendly, helpful and understanding of what it means to be an Indie Author, sharing their experiences and knowledge with others freely. This has helped me, and in turn I have felt the need and desire to help in return. I've found that helping other authors makes me a better author. It's a win-win situation.
If you're new to this author gig, I highly recommend you get on the social media and start joining other authors. As a community, we are able to help each other improve our writing, and encourage each other onward. We can help market each other as well, because we are not competitors, but partners.
With that, I feel I must at least mention two that have been a fantastic and impressive help to me; Aaron-Michael Hall and Patrick Hodges. Both are outstanding authors with wonderful books, and have helped me improve in many ways. There are tons more, but I can't list them all in this article.
So, get out there. Surround yourself with authors and become a better one yourself. Get help by helping. After all, what goes around, comes around.