Let’s Try Indie!

21 Jun

I admit to surprise at a recent statement made to me.

The thrust of it was, that there are readers out there that simply refuse to buy a title if it’s self-published.

Having no way of knowing  if this is absolutely true; and  assuming it is, how widespread is this feeling ; I can only comment on the reasons why I believe it’s worthwhile to try Indie.

Firstly, throw away any relics of the idea that self-publishing is the last resort of writers whose attempts at mainstream publishing have been  met with disappointment. It simply isn’t the case.  I, for one, have never tried to have my books published any other way.

Why did I choose to self-publish?

Its main attraction centres around control. To self-publish gives a writer complete control of virtually all aspects of writing, from the actual words to the cover, distribution and pricing. There is artistic control of the highest level. Even the date of publication is in my hands.

As a reader, why should you consider Indie?

Well, looking at self-published works clearly broadens your range of possibilities. These days, with online publishing presenting the opportunity to try before you purchase, it’s the work of a few minutes to sample and decide if a specific title may well be exactly what you’re looking for. And, if you choose to go ahead and purchase, this single act can make a difference to a writer, particularly one who is struggling to get a readership. Even better, if you go that extra mile and write a review! This often means so much to an emerging Indie writer.

Indies seem to find it particularly difficult to get their books into shops, and this can make it even harder to get established.

Isn’t it a worthwhile project for a reader to seek out and read at least the occasional Indie title?

3 Responses to “Let’s Try Indie!”

  1. lorddavidprosser June 21, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    There’s a wealth of talent out there in the Indie world and for people to equate Indie publishing as a last resort for failed writers is wrong. For one thing there would not be multiple Million sellers from the Indie world if they didn’t have the talent needed for publishing. That’s proved simply by how quickly the established publishers rush to sign up the Indies.
    Secondly, without all the obvious costs involved in publishing and printing mainstream books the Indie gets more in Royalties than mainstream authors as well as the obvious points about control that you mention. There are now millions of books published the Indie way covering every genre imaginable, plus a few more. The choice for readers is unlimited and the cost to them very low in comparison.
    There’s definitely a place for the mainstream publishers and authors but for now ‘Long Live Indies’ and the choice they bring.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp June 21, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      I totally agree with your statements, David. There are some outstanding writers who choose to self-publish for all the right reasons.
      What surprises me is the assertion that there is a prejudice of the highest degree amongst certain readers. Given the wealth of talent amongst the Indies, I find it difficult to understand why the book-lovers of this world would wish to exclude their works.


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