When did you begin indie publishing?
I’ve been working in the comic book market since 1992. My first novel came out in 2005 from an indie press and I have worked for a variety of publishers of various sizes since then.
How did you make the choice to go indie?
Indie publishing is a great place to try new things. There is generally a good amount of freedom to write any type of story you have an interest in writing. For example, thanks to an indie press, I was able to scratch a creative itch and write a western short story. That was fun. The wait time is often shorter from completion of a project to the reader. I like that.
What do you enjoy most about being an indie author?
I like being able to tell stories. Being an indie author has kept me free to write across multiple genres and not become tied to any one specific genre.
What do you think is the hardest part about being an indie author?
Getting the books into the hands of readers. I know this is an issue no matter what size publisher you’re with, but there are distribution avenues not as readily open to indie authors/publishers. You have to do whatever you can to get the work in front of an audience. Thankfully, I enjoy marketing and promotion, but it does bite into writing time. You have to plan for that.
What advice do you have for new and aspiring authors?
First and foremost, have fun with what you do. I absolutely love my job. Writing is an incredible adventure and I am blessed to be doing it. Second, if you want to write as a career, then you have to make sure you treat it like a job because that’s what you want it to become. As much as I love what I do, there are days when I don’t feel like writing. That happens to all of us from time to time. Or, I might get a great new idea for a story that I want to dive into before I’ve met the deadline already on my board. In those instances, I have to remember the job and meet my deadlines before moving on to the next thing. It can mean late nights or missed weekends, but this is my dream job and I have to do what I can to make it happen. At least that’s how I look at it.
If you had it to do over again, would you make the choice to go indie?
Sure. Working with indie publishers helped me get my work out there, which then led to work with larger publishers and opened doors for me that might not have happened otherwise. Indie publishing has been, and continues to be, good to me.