Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Tales in the Mail Challenge. Let us know about all the stories you’ve sold.
This week is Independence Day. When we as a country said no more and declared our independence. Have you thought about declaring your writers independence by becoming an Indie Author? Here are a few pros and cons about being an Indie Author.
- You’re in control of your content, cover, marketing plan and word choices.
- No on but the reader is determining whether or not you’re good enough.
- You retain all your rights.
- Once your cost is recovered, you make a profit. A mid-list author in a traditional market can often make a living from their writing by going indie.
- Ability to choose and change your cover or modify your book at any time.
- Publish multiple versions of the same book for different markets.
- There is still some stigma to self publishing.
- Some people consider indie books second rate because a lot of authors take short cuts.
- You’re responsible for EVERY aspect of producing your book. Editing, title, fact checking, cover, sales copy, marketing, and promotion. These can be stressful and time consuming.
- You may have to do this while holding down a full time job, raising kids, ect.
- Computer skills, organization skills, and an entrepreneurial personality are a necessity.
- Many newspapers and other reviews will not accept self-published books.
Hopefully this gave you a little insight on going Indie. So if this is the week to declare your independence, I encourage you check out Smart Self Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29261?ref=LauraKMarshall
Have a great week and enjoy the Fourth of July.