* This post is part of a blog carnival, hosted by Scathach Publishing. The first carnival is about why participating authors chose to go indie. Click on the Scathach link above to check out the other posts in the carnival!
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Why I Decided to Publish Independently :: Jess C Scott
1. I got tired of waiting for an agent/editor/industry professional(s) to help me get my work somewhere, so I decided to help myself instead.
2. Indie publishing is speedier and more efficient, than traditional publishing [which continues to adhere to a “completely obsolete” business model, as stated by Doug Grad Literary Agency (on their website, as of this date)].
“Death of Publishing” / image from MediaBistro.com
3. One has full business and creative control, with indie publishing.
4. One works to one’s own deadlines, and accepts full responsibility for both successes and failures, with indie publishing.
5. Indie publishing is a low-cost venture (I do all the work myself. I’ve been a college student on a tight budget for the past few years. “Necessity is the mother of all invention”—Plato).
6. I can write what I want, how I want, under the same name, to whatever word count is best for the story. Traditional publishing seems to place word count and genre-categorizing as higher priorities over the actual (quality of the) content.
7. Royalties/etc are a lot less complicated with independent publishing, than traditional publishing + I have less potentially mismanaged rights to worry over + I don’t have to deal with people who are resistant to the changes and opportunities that the “new form/way/style” of publishing offers (3 points, but all related).
8. One can do in 3 months (including writing/completing the first draft of a book), what 20 people in the traditional publishing scene take 2 years to do (excluding writing/completing the first draft of a book). What traditional publishing offers are prestige (which is more valuable to those within the writing scene/publishing industry, than general readers) and distribution to major bookstores (that are feeling the crunch from big boys like Apple, Google, and Amazon.com).
9. I can price my products reasonably, keep the profits, and never have an edition go “out-of-print.”
10. Indie publishing is, right now, realistically the saner and safer choice than traditional publishing (assuming you’re a newbie who has not yet been allowed access to the traditional publishing sphere). My 35-page business plan has more details.
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* I’ve just embarked on adding almost 100 (small, but important) “enhancements” to TOSoL (book #1 in project #2). Please pray for my sanity.