When did you begin indie publishing?
I began Indie publishing in October 2012.
How did you make the choice to go indie?
I made the choice after taking a good look into what the publishing industry offered. There was too much wait time, too much bluster. With Indie publishing you can get the books out to the readers quickly, and with Indie authors focused on building their own brand, the industry has a far more personal feel. The authors are within reach of the readers.
What do you enjoy most about being an indie author?
Even with the publishing industry becoming accepting of all different kinds of content, I still wanted the assurance that my works would be true to myself. I’m not interested in having my ideas altered in an effort to conform to a certain readership. This doesn’t mean that I don’t accept criticism (every author should embrace that) it only means that my themes are unalterable in light of becoming more “readable.”
What do you think is the hardest part of being an indie author?
Promotion. Absolutely. I spend an inordinate amount of time getting my books into the hands of readers. This comes in the form of free giveaways, reviewer copies, and just shucking my books off onto whatever site might enable them to get to readers. It’s a time-consuming and draining endeavor.
What advice do you have for new indie authors?
Write. Promote. Write. That’s the key. You have to keep writing. You have to promote. It should be 2/3 writing, 1/3 promoting, with the fractions skewing a bit in favor of promotion during the release of new books.
If you had it to do over again, would you choose to go indie? Why/why not?
I would. It has made me a much better writer, surviving as I have on my own merits and efforts. I might have lost a bit of skin from my teeth, but I feel stronger for all my efforts.
We’d like to thank S.M. White for sharing his experience and expertise with us. If you’d like to learn more about this writer and his books, please visit his website at http://smwhitefiction.com/.