After seven years of stop and go writing, intensive editing (and yet more editing), and several wonderful people who agreed to test-read, my first novel is about to be published. Another project will grab my attention first, but I intend to be writing the next fiction book by August…it won’t take 7 years. 🙂
It was 4,428 in the queue when I uploaded my book to Smashwords earlier today. That number is astonishing to me. It will take about 24 hours before my book is through the queue which means that in just that one avenue of publishing, there are roughly 4500 books published each day. Add in Kindle, Nook, Createspace, Lulu, and all the other publishing platforms, and that’s a whole lot of books. Indie publishing makes that possible.
There are those who would say it’s crazy to go up against that sort of competition. There are those who say that the only people who publish Indie are the people who can’t publish traditionally, but that’s an exaggeration. The percentage of Indies who would make it with a publishing house is still about the same as it is in the general writing population…they just don’t have to go through the submission process or deal with some rejection before being accepted. (They have other issues that go with any do-it-yourself project, so it isn’t as simple as it sounds.) And then there are those who say Indie is the wave of the future.
I went Indie for a few reasons:
- No waiting — As soon as I’m done with edits and cover design, my book can be out there for the world to buy and read.
- Cost — I don’t get an advance, but I also don’t have to invest a ton of cash up front.
- Experience — I’m a new author. Of course I want my work to be professional and well done, but the best way to achieve that is by working and improving each and every book.
- Platform — Traditional publishing isn’t extinct yet, and part of me hopes it’s never totally gone. I love the feel, smell, and experience of reading a print book. However, mobile reading devices have a lot of positive attributes too, and I love our Kindle.
- Competition — The amount of competition is staggering regardless of publishing route. I tried to create a story people could love, but regardless of writing quality, it’s always the readers who make a book wildly popular. Marketing helps and is vital, but readers are the driving force behind significant success.
Later this week I’ll announce my new novel and provide a link so you can read part of it before purchasing. As things unfold, I’ll try to provide updates for other authors who might be searching for information for their own careers.