When did you begin indie publishing?
I published my first book, Finding My Escape in 2011.
How did you make the choice to go indie?
Well, I’m a huge researcher. I don’t care whether I’m deciding which television to buy or how to get starting in writing, I read everything I can find on the subject! So when I got ready to find a publisher for Finding My Escape, I searched and read everything I could on the subject. At the time, Borders had just closed, e-books were on the rise, and all indications showed that agents and publishing companies were taking on fewer and fewer clients. At the same time, Amazon and Smashwords had made independent publishing fairly easy. The choice was pretty easy: spend years trying to get traditionally published or do it myself. Doing it myself made the most sense to me.
What do you enjoy most about being an indie author?
I love that my story is my own. I answer to my readers, not an industry. It just feels more personal.
What do you think is the hardest part of being an indie author?
Marketing. By far. The writing and editing turned out to be the easy part, but it’s difficult to get your name out there. I really think it’s probably similar to being a mid-list traditionally published author, though. I think they are pretty much on their own when it comes to marketing as well.
What advice do you have for new indie authors?
This may sound harsh, but one of my pet peeves is seeing independently published books that are poorly written and poorly edited. Before you publish, edit, edit and edit again. If you can’t pay for an editor, find a grad student or English teacher that might be willing to look at your work for a mention in the book and a few copies to give to friends. Have a few strangers look at your book for the quality of the writing. Your friends and family love you, and it’s hard for them to be objective sometimes.
If you had it to do over again, would you choose to go indie? Why/why not?
Absolutely. I’ve met some of the most amazing people through the various Indie websites, on FaceBook, and through Amazon. I’m just at the beginning of this ride, but I can’t wait to see where it takes me.