Indie Authors Unite!
Freedom. Control. Independence. These are the words that come to mind when describing an indie author. The freedom to choose what to write, when to write, and how our stories are told. The control of who we work with, our budget, and the final word on any aspect of our projects. The independence to know every step of the publishing system and what we need to do to make our dreams come true. Being an indie author is not only good for ourselves, but helps to stimulate the economy as we work with other professionals—editors, graphic artists, interior designers, etc—to prepare our books for the public. It’s fitting that we have a day to celebrate our accomplishments!
It is a revolution. It’s easier than ever to write and publish a book. Anyone and everyone can do it. Ebooks have expanded the market and have given indie authors an avenue to sell their books. Long gone are the days when authors had to store piles and piles of their books, especially with the option of print-on-demand. And long gone are the days when authors have to be shackled to a publisher to make ends meet and connect with fans. We are the captains of our ships, the CEOs of our companies, and the makers of our destinies.
To be honest, I didn’t know about self-publishing until I wanted to write my own book. In the beginning I expected to have to submit my manuscript to publishers and jump through their hoops and endure rejection after rejection until someone took interest. The movie The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir, came out when I was writing my book. Andy’s story as an author opened my eyes to the possibilities, and I have never looked back.
We face the future together
I love being an indie author and I am proud to be part of this helpful and friendly community that has grown and will continue to grow. New authors benefit from the experience and advice of others who are established and have published numerous books already. Newbies to the stage wouldn’t be able to navigate the system of indie publishing as easily without the help of associations like The Alliance of Independent Authors, as well as people such as Joel Friedlander and Joanna Penn, among others. I mention these names specifically because I have found their information most valuable as I pursue my own dreams, but there are many out there who also offer a great deal to help us newbies.
I salute all the veteran indie authors who paved the way for the rest of us that have only just begun. I’d also like to honor the authors who resided in countries where publishing wasn’t quite as easy, and their determination to make the system better for us all. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work of everyone who chose this path, and I am optimistic as we charge ahead into a bright future.