Your Writing Career; Which Path Should You Choose? Part Two – Indie Publishing.

So you wrote a novel, good for you! I love the fact that more and more people are expressing their creative side and writing, and with all the opportunities authors have now, getting that wonderful creation to readers is easier than ever before. The only daunting part (aside from writing a good novel), is how to get it to the public.

Last week I talked about Traditional Publishing. For a recap, click the link below.

This week I want to talk about Small or Indie press.

With the popularity explosion of eReaders, digital books have become as commonplace as their print counterparts. This has brought a wave of independents into the publishing field. If you have a novel that doesn’t quite fit in with what the Big Six are looking for, fear not, there could be a place for it with Indie press.

Unlike the Big Six, you don’t need an agent to submit to these publishers, although I have come across some that do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Many, if not all, offer the same service as the big houses (ie cover art, editors, marketing), but there is little to no monetary advance. With the smaller markets, especially fledglings, the marketing of the book is left up to you, whereas with Traditional, many authors received money to promote their work. Again, the amount depended on how popular the author is.

The best thing about these smaller imprints is their acceptance of a wide variety of stories. In the last few years, Traditional Publishing has reduced the amount of novels they accept, opting for the ‘trend’ markets and leaving the niche markets alone. Anything from short flash pieces to epic novels can find a home with Indie press. Many will put you book into print as well, and with the help of their distribution outlets, your novel has the chance to be alongside TP novels. Many Indie press work digital only, but there are a few who offer print through Lulu, Createspace, or Lightning Source. These print outlets also put the Indie novel into bookstores.

A word of caution; research any and all Indie publishers you plan on submitting to. I’ve heard some horrible stories of naïve authors being swindled for large sums of money or locked into horrible contracts with unscrupulous editors. Remember this; if they ask for money up front, or for a service, don’t do it. Cover art, marketing, editorial work, all of that should-and is- supplied to the author for FREE. Anyone who claims otherwise is more interested in separating you from your money, than in printing your book.

Pro – More genres and a wider variety. More houses to choose from and easier access to niche markets. No need for an agent to submit work.

Con – Little to no advance on books. Authors must be very careful and research all Indie publishers they want to submit to.

Are you an Indie author? What good/bad experiences have you heard/encountered?


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

One Response to Your Writing Career; Which Path Should You Choose? Part Two – Indie Publishing.

  1. Pingback: Your Writing Career; Which Path Should You Choose? Part Three – Self Publishing. « Darke Conteur

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