Thoughts on Being an Indie Author
By Shaunta Grimes on May 29, 2011
It's probably silly, but I like the idea of being an indie author. I guess it means the same as being a self-published author, but it has a decidedly cooler and more modern ring to it, don't you think?
In fact, I think "self-published author" really needed an update as far as monikers go. Because up until, oh a few hours ago, being a self-published author was largely what you did when no one wanted your book, but you wanted to put it out anyway. Self-published authors, until very, very recently, put out a lot of their own money to buy a box or two of their novel or non-fiction title from a vanity press and then did their best to sell those copies.
But things are different now. And it's a good thing that the language is changing with the times. Suddenly, gargantuan book publishers are starting to look a little like dinosaurs who still think they rule the Earth, even though the meteor has already hit. They're still viable, of course, but the tides are shifting.
Yes. I like the idea of being an indie author. Someone riding the top of the wave. Someone doing something new and rad and on the cutting edge. Head over to Amazon and look up resources on self-publishing. If you see something that was published more than about two years ago, it's hopelessly out of date. Mention in those books of marketing via social media, for instance, is all about MySpace and doesn't even mention Facebook. Get a book that's more than about five years old, and social media is totally absent.
Think about that for a minute.
So, from now on, I'm considering myself an indie author. Publishing Freaks and the Revolution my way is an experiment, but it also is an investment in myself. It's an exercise in creative control and business control and believing that I'm capable of judging that my own work is worthy of being available to the world.
I've got two books (eBooks, fittingly enough) in my Kindle for PC queue that I'm working on reading. Both are recent enough to be valid. If you're interested in learning more about indie authorship or self-publishing, I recommend both, which you can buy for less than $10 total.
The first is Self-Publish Your Novel: Lessons from an Indie Publishing Success Story by Robert Kroese. Kroese is the author of Mercury Falls, a self-published novel. What I like most about his book about publishing is that he talks about his own experiences, and his experiences are something I really believe I can achieve. He's not a phenom who sold a million copies in his first year and is outselling Stephen King. He's successful, but not in the kind of way that makes news and is unlikely to be repeated. I've enjoyed reading Self-Publish Your Novel and have already gotten some ideas regarding marketing.
The second is The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success by Scott Nicholson. I'm just starting this one, but I'm sure that it's going to be full of information that I'll find useful. I'll let you know more about this one when I'm done with it.
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