So your manuscript has made the rounds at traditional publishing houses and has been rejected. You’re ready to give up, call it quits with this one, bury it in your hard drive never to see the light of day. It’s dead. What other choice do you have?
You can breathe new life into your dead manuscript through e-publishing. Actually, writers today have more choices in publishing than in the past. Though in days gone by, self publishing has been considered a four letter word, today’s Indie authors, as they are now called, are earning respect as a group of talented writers who’ve studied the craft, polished their manuscripts, and either can’t find a home for their work or have chosen to self publish first.
While Indie publishing is an option for authors who aren’t going the traditional publishing route, it is not the only option. Instead of Indie publishing, many authors are choosing to sign with smaller epublishers which can help an author establish themselves in the market place and make a name for themselves. That is the route I chose with Digging Up Death published by StoneHouse Ink. But before you decide either way, here are some things you should know and questions you should ask yourself before you make your decision.
Anyone can Indie Publish, Not Everyone Should
It’s true. There are authors who haven’t studied the craft enough and become impatient to get their books on Amazon. And they do. Before long, the bad reviews come pouring in. Poorly written, no plot, stupid main character, you get the idea. And they fizzle out with not enough books sales for their efforts damaging their reputation as an author in the process. So before you throw you novel up on Amazon, here’s a check list to see if you’re a candidate for Indie Publishing.
- Study the Craft and Write the Best Book you Can (Okay, that’s a given)
- Get your Novel Professionally Edited and Hire Someone to do the Cover Art This doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does require cash. Make sure your editor covers content and line edits and that your cover artist is not your uncle Jimmy who took graphic art in community college and can’t hold a job. You get the idea!
- Build your Platform and Market your Book No one is going to sell your book for you, so be prepared to market your book 24/7. Yes, it is possible via social media and you might need to for the first three books of your career to build a following of loyal readers.
- Be Patient All those authors who were impatient to go through traditional publishing channels before they Indie published are in for a rude awakening. Indie publishing is a slow way to build a business. It takes constant work. A lot of work. But it does work.
Indie Authors Have Full Control Having full control of your novel can be a good and bad thing. Here’s why:
- No Editorial or Marketing Team
- More Money In Your Pocket
- Access to Sales and Profit Information
So what do I like about my e-publisher and why would I choose that route over Indie publishing?
- I like having a team that is invested in me and my book
- I’m working with an established e-publisher who knows the business
- I didn’t have the money or time