Biggest surprise about Indie

This week’s topic is what was our biggest surprise about indie? About reading it, about publishing it?

I’m not surprised much, but I could say that my initial discovery in delving into indie authors is two-fold, and not in order of importance. I am a bookaphile. I love reading. Aside from food, it’s one of the few things that I indulge in. And since I often feel like I am spinning more plates in the air than the china section of Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I don’t have time or patience to get through badly written literature just to say I finished the book. I want good books and lots of them. What I have discovered is that there are so many talented authors out there, and since they don’t have to go through any other medium to publish their books, and can keep most of their profit, they don’t have to charge much. That sounds boring and mundane and practical, and materialistic, but it’s true. The boring economical bottom line is, I can feed my addiction for great books, delve into the fascinating worlds people create, and not hurt my budget doing it. Again, this is not by order of importance, I just think about money a lot since we don’t have any.

Initial discovery number two:  The second, really most important discovery is great innovative authors, authors, authors. The world is full of noise. There are so many people with something to say that it is very difficult to find a forum in which one’s ideas can be heard. I think this is especially true in the case of the largest publishing houses. They must, by financial necessity, sometimes make decisions about what they represent that is driven more by market trends, low-risk, high security, with something will sell for sure based on statistics, rather than take the chance on something that veers from an already well-established trope. Smaller publishers and indie authors in the current climate, (not necessarily in the past) I think more often publish innovative stuff. They allow indie authors a unique opportunity to create signals in the noise and be heard, in the case of the authors, and experienced by the readers.

The same discoveries from a readers point of view go from the publishing side. I can write an experimental piece that is good, but may not fit into any traditional publisher’s agenda, and the ease of e-publishing makes it possible for me to share it with readers.

In addition, that I can set my own price is a nice discovery. Setting a price really makes me think about the value of my work, how much time and effort I put into something, but at the same time allows me the flexibility to take into account other factors like people’s home economy and budgets, so I can afford to give other people like me what I would want as a money-strapped reader, a great deal.

The only real surprise I can say was that e-publishing was so much easier than I imagined. I am a computer idiot. I am IT’s worst nightmare. I probably have Wanted posters up in the IT departments of every office I’ve worked in. I’m the girl no one wants to touch their computer if they have something important on it they don’t want to lose. Because if it can be broken, if it has sensitive moving parts, I’ll break it. And yet, I was able to format and publish stories online. It wasn’t the nightmare I thought it would be.

So those are my initial discoveries, but since the field keeps evolving, I suspect my learning curve is far from being on the downswing. It’s all very exciting!

Take a look at these fine indie authors, who are providing me with great reading material, and visit their sites! Danny Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews Patti Larsen, Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, and The Diamond City Trilogy. Courtney Cole, Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Wren Emerson, Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Laura Elliott, Author of Winnemucca. Nichole A. Williams, Author of Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles. Fisher Amelie, Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles. T. R. Graves, Author of Warriors of the Cross. Cyndi Tefft, Author of Between P.J. Hoover, Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis. Alicia McCalla, Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free. Heather Cashman, Author of Perception.

4 Responses to “Biggest surprise about Indie”

  1. Nice post Rachel! Indie publishing really is a breath of fresh air to the publishing industry these days! 🙂

  2. “Setting a price really makes me think about the value of my work” So true. The whole business-end of the experience has caused me to see my work in new ways, just as you say. What is Winnemucca worth? Why did I charge what I did? Would my Wounded Warriors edition sell at all at $3.99, with a donation attached. Everything. All of it. Why did I design the cover the way I did?I had reasons and opinions on all of it. It was a very organic way of publishing but a very present way of publishing. I had to fire on all burners! And again, a big surprise for me, are talented authors and reviewers like you, who are open to reviewing indie novels.

  3. Pricing. This is a constant struggle for me. My husband, the practical accountant, has definite opinions about it. I, the care-giving nurse, have different ideas (as evidenced by my willingness to give tens of thousands of Warriors of the Cross e-books away for free). If I were not an Indie author, I would not have been given that option. For me, it is not about the worth of Warriors of the Cross but rather my desire to give something of value (to me at least) away to someone who least expects it.

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