Sometimes it feels like I’ve wandered onto a battlefield when all I want to do is write, create, and polish my stories. To date, I’ve published two novels, and my third is literally days away from completion. Of course, I also like knowing that my stories are being enjoyed by readers everywhere. And some things I’ve come to love about Indie publishing, are the support networks I’ve stumbled upon and the friends I’ve made. What I like least is talk of Indies vs. the Big Six and readers vs. writers. As far as I can see, we’re all in this together.
I chose to self publish, and all that really means is that I’ve chosen to self publish. Others choose to submit their work to contests, small publishing houses, or one of the Big Six. Thankfully, I’ve been told that readers don’t really care how a book is published. I hope that’s true. I like to think that people are smart enough to know their own tastes and to use features like free previews to check out merchandise before purchase.
I’ve chosen self publishing because I’m against big business. My work is mine, and I’m not about to give away my rights to some big corporation. Here is my written response to a publisher who wanted to know what I was looking for.
Since I am a teacher and the mother of a very young child, I would first need to know that I would be allowed to work at my own pace because my day job and my child must come first. My husband and I have worked out a schedule that allows me to focus on writing, editing, publishing, etc. an average of eight hours per week.
Second, I would need to earn a decent percentage of the profits. When I publish myself, I earn 70% of the royalties. I know a publisher can’t offer me the same because when we share the work, we share the profits. Please let me know what your publishing house offers.
Third, I would require retaining the rights to my work: no changes without my consent and no changes to the cover art.
Finally, what I need the most help with is marketing and distribution, and I don’t mean, “tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.” I mean, I really need someone else running the show when it comes to marketing and distribution.
toward authors who choose to submit their work to a publishing house,
even to one of the Big Six. That must be made perfectly clear. We’re
all in this together, all hoping for the same outcome, for our work
to fall into the hands of readers, many readers. Overall, I believe
what works best for one person isn’t what’s best for another. If
you are a writer, you need to decide the best route for