Indie vs. Traditional Publishing - What's Right For You?
I recently posted a message on my Facebook page and the reaction was favorable so I wanted to elaborate. Since releasing my first novel, The Summer Solstice: Enchanted, I've been approached by many aspiring writers. They ask me how I got started and then let me know that they too have been working on a book that they would love to get published one day. I always encourage them and say, "If you have something to write, then write it." That's really all that matters. I didn't start writing in order to publish and become a billionaire (that would be nice though!). I write because I love to write. And for the first time in my life, I was ready to face the world with my story. I know I'm not alone. My Indie Author friends will agree...the Indie road is a long and demanding one. It's constant effort, networking, and learning. Fulfilling? Yes!
My FB post message:
Many people ask me why I didn't seek out an agent or publisher after writing The Summer Solstice: Enchanted. I'd have much more exposure (especially initially). An amazing editor would have been appointed to me (much needed). I'd be in bookstores everywhere (not necessarily). Here's what I've learned going Indie...there are some extraordinary people out there that genuinely want to help others succeed. The Indie community is one that gives and gives and gives. We buy each other's work, we share honest opinions, and we grow in what we do because we aren't afraid to listen to constructive criticism (thank you to those who have done this for me). I've connected with so many ambitious authors who understand that writing is a never-ending journey, one that is driven by passion and great storytelling - not $$$. There is no perfection. Hopefully readers enjoy our stories, but this is not always the case (this is tougher than you can imagine). Every day I'm learning and applying feedback thanks to some great people out there. I'm not saying that going Indie is the better route - but for me, it's working out!
So is Indie the right option for you? That's up for you to decide ;)
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