The next topic in our YA carnival discussion is ‘Why Indie?’ I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both traditional and indie publishing. I have not decided whether I will aim for one or other exclusively. It is most likely that I will aim to publish some traditional and some indie. Contrary to the two-party system in the US, or the ‘conservative vs. liberal’ camps springing up everywhere, I have no desire to segment my writing life off into one camp or another. I love writing and so I am enjoying exploring both venues and seeing what each has to offer.
What I will say that I enjoy about indie so far is that it caters to the instant gratification gene in me. I edit intensely, and have other folks edit, and that takes a while, as it should. But when I’m ready to go, Kindle has made it so simple to format things that I can get my material up and out in a very short period of time. I can set my own price. And I also have been bitten by the design bug after having explored Picnik as a photo-editing website. I am having a good time designing covers in my own limited way. I’m no Picasso, but I get a certain satisfaction staring at a pretty cover that looks professional and saying, “Wow, I did that! And it’s not a stick figure.”
I do also enjoy that there are no borders in indie. I think it may have this in common with smaller independent publishers compared to large publishing houses. In both indie and smaller house publishing there does not seem to be as much restriction based on what the marketing department forecasts, though the market is going to play a role in any publishing. So far, I am mostly self-publishing my short stories with a few exceptions, and aiming for small independent publisher for the novels.