Joseph Rinaldo

When did you begin indie publishing?

About nine years ago.

How did you make the choice to go indie?

I did try the traditional route first, but I found agents and publishers so hide-bound by genres, I simply couldn’t make any headway. Also, I figured, why share such a huge chunk of the profits I could make from selling my books?

What do you enjoy most about being an indie author?

The freedom to create my own books my own way and make them look and read the way I want them to.

What do you think is the hardest part of being an indie author?:Editing is really hard, but the most difficult part definitely has to be the promotion/marketing of the book. I’ve gotten lots of support from the indie community in the form of interviews, reviews, and guest post offers. I have worked social media till I think I can’t work it any more…….it’s just hard!

What advice do you have for new indie authors?

Find yourself a good, honest editor. One who will tell you the truth. You won’t always like it, but you definitely need it.

If you had it to do over again, would you choose to go indie? Why/why not?

I would, because despite the hard work and the limited reward (so far), I feel proud that I’ve been able (with the help of a great editor and an awesome cover designer and book trailer director) to make something on my own that shows my talent.

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