Is independent publishing for you? Find out as we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of indie publishing.
But first, some background:
- I am an indie author.
- Worked with some very successful and profitable indie authors over the last 10 years.
- Also worked with a lot of indie authors who were frustrated and disillusioned.
- Bottom line: I am not a partisan in the indie vs trad battle. I see good and bad in both.
Pros of Indie Publishing
- No gatekeeper to block you.
- You have complete control.
- You can make $2-$10 per book
- You have all the marketing data.
Cons of Indie Publishing
- Expensive (If you have a big enough platform, you can crowdfund)
- You have to find professionals to work with on your own.
- Or use the Christian Writers Market Guide (Affiliate Link).
- Only work with professionals with happy clients.
- You Have a Lot More to Learn
- No Gatekeeper to tell you the book is not ready.
- No Placement in Physical Bookstores
- Not eligible for most awards.
- Not eligible for most bestseller lists.
- Better for genre fiction.
- Better for niche nonfiction. Most speakers do better with self-publishing.
- Better for entrepreneurial authors
- Better for fast writers
This course bundle includes:
- How to Get Published (1 hour)
- The SMART Indie: Publishing Basics (>1 hour)
- The SMART Indie: Find your readers (1 hour)
- The SMART Indie: Newsletter Marketing (<1 hour)
- The SMART Indie: Copywriting (2 hours)
- The SMART Indie: Technical how-to’s (>1 hour)
- The SMART Indie: Subsidiary Rights (1 hour)
If purchased separately, these courses would cost $140. But if you use the coupon code “podcast” at checkout, you can get the whole bundle for $44.10. That is nearly $100 in savings. You can also click the link in the show notes to activate the coupon code.