Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The indie publishing option (IWSG)

I have always been one of those people with very high expectations for myself and when I decided that I wanted to be published, naturally my expectations were equally as high. For some strange reason I cannot fathom right now, I never even considered indie publishing. I think it had to do with the fact that I thought it would be too much work and that I couldn't manage it, but now I feel completely different.

I have always loved indie music and movies, so indie publishing should have been a natural choice. I had tried for years to be traditionally published and a week ago I realized that I didn't really want what traditional publishing had to offer. I would rather be an indie author. So, that will be my first choice from now on. I might not be ready to publish anything right now, but maybe next year I will be and that will be the career path I would want. My vision for my book doesn't conform to industry standards, but I still love it. It might be different, but it is still me. It might take me a long time to become an established author, but I will get there. At least I will have more control over the path my career goes and I can write the books I want and be proud of.

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  1. Sounds like a good plan :)! You're completely right about being able to choose your own career path if you go down the indie publishing route - that way, you can write, edit and publish your books in a way and time that suits you, instead of rushing to get it done within a timeframe that the publisher sets you. Personally, I'm still torn between the two, but I can really see the benefits of indie publishing.
    Good luck and happy writing!

  2. Welcome to the dark side...I mean, congrats on your decision.

    I think there's a big push back from the traditional publishing world. A lot of new writers are still under the impression that only people who can't make it in traditional publishing go the indie route.

    It's not true. And the work involved is no different than what an unagented author goes through. You need to build a platform. You need to have a polished manuscript. You need to promote. The big difference is having creative control and the rights to your work!!

    Good luck!

  3. Hello, brand new to the IWSG! I hear exactly what you are saying and I have been seriously considering this myself. I took my first step and self-published my first book today! It feels good, let me tell you.

  4. Yay for you in realizing what you want and that the Indie way might be the right path. I was nervous at first, but it wasn't really that hard. There are so many people out there that are willing to offer advice and help. And it was great that I got to make all the deicisons (and still do). :)

  5. Good for you,Murees! I think you'll be happy with your choice and with yourself as well. as always,I wish you much success.

  6. Congrats on making the decision. I had the same conversation with myself at the beginning of the year and haven't looked back. It's a lot of work, but their is help out their as well. Good luck.

  7. Rachel - Thank you. It took me a while to figure out which one is best for me too. Best of luck with making your choice and wishing you all the best.

    Gina - You are so right. I used to be one of those naive people and now I have seen the light. Thank you so much for visiting.

    Jessica - Welcome to IWSG and congratulations on being published! I admire your courage and wish you lots of success.

    Kimberly - Thank you for your encouraging words, they mean a lot and I like that you have already been there and done that. You go girl!

    Deanie - Thank you! I think it would be a great fit.

    Sydney - Thank you for the wise words. I appreciate your advice and honesty. I wish you all the success in the world.

  8. Good luck with your own path to publishing, Murees, it is a perilous and very satisfying process.

  9. It's great when you make decisions like that, isn't it? It gives you a lift and makes you think anything can be achievable. Write hard, and I'm sure it will all go really well for you :-)

  10. I really enjoyed your take on Indie publishing and you have giving me some points to think about when the time comes for me to publish. i am also one of those people with really high expectations of myself, which is good and bad! Thank you! All the best with your books :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

  11. Carole - Thank you. I am scared, but at least I know what i want. All the best.

    Annalisa - Thank you! For the first time in a long time i feel in charge of my own life and decisions.

    Chene - Thank you! All the best to you as well and i wish you lots of success.


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