What is an Indie Author?
This Blog defines an Indie Author as an Independent Writer who chooses to be an Indie Author.
Choice and Independence are characterized by...
- controlling the Content of the author's work
- controlling the Cover Design
- assigning the Title of the work
- controlling the Copyright of the work
- controlling the work's Release Date
- determining the Sales Price (...or even give the work away for free)
- controlling the Typesetting and Design of the work
- hiring (and firing) Editor, Cover Designer, Printer
- selecting the Sales and Distribution Channels
- controlling the Marketing for the work
My submission to traditional publishers lasted a little over a year but after a lot of prayer and feedback, I decided to self-publish because my desired release date was approaching. I announced to the public of the book's publication on my birthday, August 12th.
I revealed the cover a month later, on September 14th, this is my sister's birthday. And the book releases to the public on April 3rd, 2013 - on the 19th anniversary of my sister's kidnapping. Instead of a day of sadness and loss, we will remember and honor Heidi with book signings and release parties for Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey.
I've seen some self-published books that scream, "I published it myself because no one else would." but the majority of Indie authors today have dedicated their life and time to making their book(s) similar to those published by traditional publishing houses. To do this right, requires time, talent, and know-how.
Not everyone is cut out or ready to join the ranks of Indie author. The authors below, myself included, dedicate large amounts of time, money, and heart to make our books the best they can be. We hire editors, organize a lot of the marketing ourselves, and look to others for knowledge and pointers.
Some of my author friends with traditional publishers are doing the same things as me but their splitting the profits with their agents, publishers, and bookstores. Whether you publish through a traditional publisher or self-publish -- be ready to work. No one will do it for you.
Please don't misunderstand, I have nothing against traditional publishing. I would be happy dancing all over town if I accepted any of the offers that were extended to me yet I wanted the book to release on April 3 in memory of my sister. I want to be able to speak where and when I want, for a love offering, if that is the case. These were options some of the contracts blocked.