Indie Publishing–Is It For You?

Following the blogs of quite a few indie published authors has become a recent hobby of mine. A few of my favorites are: D.D. Scott, Theresa Ragan and Jen Talty. Their stories are enthralling, their enthusiasm is contagious, and their willingness to share their knowledge openly with other writer’s is inspiring.

They’ve also helped me sit back and review my own writing life, something I kept telling myself I’d find time for, and finally did. This hurry up to wait lifestyle called publishing has me more than perplexed. It’s frustrating trying write a book that will fit a certain house; it feels like I’m trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.

It’s a true waste of energy, and I can’t help think spending the time writing my next book, the book I want to write, is more productive than worrying about whether my story will fit the specifications of a particular house.

Every hour, every day, every week, every month that I wait to hear whether a book sold,  is time I could have spent having another book edited professionally, the cover designed to my specifications, and uploaded to Amazon when I choose.  So this year, I’m going to dip my toes into the indie publishing pool and feel the water : )

Here’s what I’d like to know: Do you indie publish?  How long have you been doing so, and what are some experiences, positive and negative, that you’d like to share?


Cathy Tully

4 responses to “Indie Publishing–Is It For You?

  1. Hi Cathy! Great post. I, too, follow Jen Talty. She has been a huge inspiration to me. I decided to take the Indie plunge and the water feels great. Come on in. I tried the Trad route. I sent out 100 queries on my Middle Grade book and received some positive feedback, like “I love it. I’ve never seen anything like it before.” That editor disappeared. How long was I going to wait for an editor or agent to take a risk on me? I felt my opportunities slipping away from me. Not to mention, I like to be in control. Why not control every aspect of my career?

    Good luck on your journey. You won’t be sorry.

  2. I started out Indie publishing, then sold the series I was working on to a publishing house. But I fully intend to self-publish more titles. In fact, I’m working on the story arc for a new series I plan to exclusively self-publish. I can say that I like self-publishing much more than going through a traditional house. I have more control, both creatively and through the nuts and bolts stuff like pricing and marketing. When you are self-publishing the release schedule is all your own. You can move the date up, if the books is going faster than you expected, or you can move it back if it’s going slower. After you finish the book, you can have it up and for sale in about two months, vs the 8 months to 1.5 years of traditional publishers.

    I really haven’t seen the downside to self-publishing. Alot of people claim it’s in the marketing, because you don’t have the backing of a house. But from what I’m seeing, you can get as much exposure through self-publishing as through going the traditional route.

    My main advice would be to separate your books from your emotion. Don’t fall in the trap of equating the price of your books with their “worth.” Keep in mind that the real worth of your book is in how many units you can move at a certain price, and the over all income those units will generate. Far too many people price their books out of the sweet spots because “they are worth more than 2.99 or 3.99. But they don’t seem to take into account that their book could be selling 10 times better at the lower price, and they are losing 75% of their possible audience..

  3. Well this is so weird. I got notice of this blog post in my in box this morning, so came over to check it out, and JUST realized the post was from 3 months ago. . .

  4. I’ve not delved into indie publishing yet. From what I’ve heard, I am definitely interested in going this route. An author and her indie publishers presented a program on Indie Publishing at the last meeting of my RWA chapter meeting (Nola Stars in Shreveport, LA).
    What was presented impressed me. It looks as if the indie publishers are more hands on and supportive of their authors. This is what pushed my thoughts toward this publishing venue.

    Dennis H. Clarkston
    AKA Clark Stone

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