Growing up I dreamt of getting a book deal and seeing my books on the shelf of one of my favourite bookstores, and while there’s still some small part of me that fantasies about that day, I’m much happier these days publishing my own work and getting it to readers in my own way. Indie publishing is by no means a second best to traditional publishing, if anything it’s first choice for many and there are lots of pros. Let’s have a look at why you should consider indie publishing:
As an indie you get complete control of your work, you get to decide what you publish and when and you have the final say in what the cover and interior looks like. It’s very satisfying seeing something you thought about and bring it into the world. You do have the responsibility of finding editors, designers, knowing the publishing platforms you’re going to publish on and tracking how your book performs. You also have to think like a publisher and make some commercial decisions if you want to have commercial success.
Because we have such control over our production model, you’re obligated to know as much as you can about this industry if you want to look like a professional at what you’re doing. There’s a wealth of information available through podcasts, websites, and Facebook Groups. Social media, in particular, is a great way of finding answers to queries you have and there are always people there to help. Before I published I was listening to podcasts for around two years and soaking up as much information as I could before diving in, and there’s still so much to learn, but that’s what I love about going indie, I get to know the in’s and outs of the business and am able to implement it.
As mentioned above there’s a wealth of Facebook groups and Twitter chats relating to indie publishing. The experience I’ve had is that the indie community is very supportive of each other and want each other to succeed, it’s not about self-promotion or competition and I like that approach to publishing. There’s plenty of room for everyone!
Because you’re indie-publishing you have complete control over your price points and profits. Publishing platforms make it clear what your royalties will be depending on how you price your book and you can change the pricing quite easily if you want to run a sale or giveaway. You also get regular payments and full transparency over how many copies of your book has sold and key data on what selling techniques work well for your book.
So there just a few of my examples of why indie publishing is a great option for writers.
What do you like about indie publishing and would you ever want to go traditional?