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?