I could have done with more of this kind of information when I started as an Indie Author ten years ago.
If you’ve finally made up your mind to move from traditional publishing to Indie, you’ve made a wise decision. And I’ll tell you why:
you have total control of just about every aspect of publishing
your cover art
price of book
ability to promote via price
who stocks your book
what formats you publish in
digital PR and other marketing
you keep your rights
you can hire in the editor/cover artist/formatter/etc, that you prefer
you can licence anything you like or that you don’t know how best to exploit. When a publisher holds the rights they get to decide. And seldom exploit anything but the obvious
you can join The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), which is a terrific organisation
you can band together with other Indies to publish a novel collection and share readers/fans
You have a level playing field
A publisher will give very little money, time or attention to you. Not if you are a Mid-list author. Which, let’s face it, most of us are, or were.
He has no money to spend on you. Not when he is lavishing vast sums on his bestselling authors.
I’ve been there, so I know what it’s like.
After a few years, when nothing improves, you feel jaded. You’re on a conveyor belt of deadlines to nowhere. And no hope of anything better at the end of it. No wonder you feel jaded.
All the excitement you felt when you were first published has long since gone. You’re probably even losing your love of words. I know I was.
Are you going to go on like that?
Year after year? Book after book?
Or are you going to strike out on your own and find FREEDOM?
So unlock those chains that are holding you back.
You’ve nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Okay, the publisher might refuse to release your rights, or force you to buy them back at a steep price.
But if, as is so often the case, they’re doing little with them anyway, wouldn’t you be better off publishing your next book as an Indie, rather than giving him another hostage to fortune?
At least then a publisher won’t be able to hold you to ransom.
At least then you could earn more than the paltry amount most publishers offer
And another benefit. Indies help one another. Don’t believe me? Go to kboards.com/writers-cafe