Monday, May 23, 2011

Why I'm Going Indie

As I type this, I have never submitted any of my work to a publishing company. I've never received a rejection letter, and I've never even looking into agents, which are generally required to get in with the Big Six.

So why do I want to go indie?

My dream has always been to become a full-time author. Most authors don't make enough to do that, but more indie authors manage it for various reasons. That's only one reason behind my decision though, and it's not even my main one.

I answered this very question on Kindle Boards recently. Here's the answer I gave there:
"To put it simply, I don't want to go through long stretches of time where publishers are considering my work, along with the stretches of time that the books would no doubt have to wait on to be published.

I'm not in this for the money. I'm not in this for the fame, or the ability to say, "I was published by one of the Big Six."

I'm in this because I have stories that need to be told.  Being able to tell them how I want to without someone telling me to change anything is something that I just can't deny myself. Being able to choose my own cover art, put out books almost as quickly as I can write them, and being able to make it affordable just makes the deal sweeter."

And that's my answer. Take it or leave it.

Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Ryne

To each their own, I say. I give all my books the fair chance to be picked up by a publisher. In the end it's a matter of getting recognition and when you're with a big publisher, you might just get this. I've self-published, too, after getting about 40 rejections -- which is nothing. I think I'm doing fine, but my third book will go through submitting stage, too. For a few months at least. If it doesn't work out, fine, I'll do it myself ;-)

Ryne said...

I can understand the reasons why someone would want to try to get published through a traditional publisher. I'd love to be published by Tor, after all. But, The Sword of Kirakath, in its entirety, will be self-published without being submitted to a single publishing company.

At the moment, I have about 24 books planned for the world of Terra Fatum. It will take me six years to get them all out, and then I'll make the decision to take one my other planned series to a publishing company.

At the very least, I want to be able to say, "I can stand on my own and be a success." If I decide to go with a company like Tor, they'll know that I'm not that much of a risk as a result.

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