When I first began writing seriously I did a lot of reading up on the subject of Indie Publishing versus Traditional Publishing and for a while I was in two minds, weighing up the pros and cons of each, before making a decision on what was best for me. I decided that I really wanted to give self publishing a go, after all what did I have to lose and and I don’t have to close the door on publishing the good ol’ fashioned way; the dream of getting a publishing contract and seeing my books on the shelves of Waterstone’s are still there, but in the meantime my work is “out there”.
Here are a few of my reasons for going down the Indie Publishing route:
1. I don’t want to hand over control of my story to someone else. A publisher might ask you to change the story, the characters or even the title.
2. I don’t want to wait forever for a publishing deal.
3. I want to write for myself and my readers, not for a perceived market or because such and such a topic or genre are “In” right now.
4. If I’m going to do all the work anyway, why should I give a cut of my profits away?
5. It’s FUN. I want to connect with my readers, not spend most of my time submitting to agents and publishers who don’t know or understand me and only see me as a commodity for making more money for themselves. (I appreciate agents are more likely to make the effort to get to know you, but in the end this is a business).
6. It’s environmentally friendly – e-books mean less trees cut down for books which may end up just getting pulped anyway.
I’m sure I could think of a lot more reasons too, but the ones given above cover the main points.
There are downsides, it’s extremely hard work, some people won’t entertain Indie authors because they think the writing is going to be substandard and there’s a lot of competition. I’m responsible for the cover, the blurb, the marketing, everything and though that’s quite liberating it’s also daunting. It’s a great feeling though to see your work up on Amazon alongside your favourite books and if you really need to see it on a shelf you can always take a print copy to Waterstone’s and pose with your book on a shelf behind you 🙂