What is an independent author?
So what marks out an indie from other authors? You are an independent author if:
- You have self-published at least one book.
- You see yourself as the creative director of your books, from conception to completion through publishing and beyond.
- You expect that status as creative director to be acknowledged in any partnership your negotiate, whether a paid author-service, or in a deal with trade-publisher or agent e.g. if you have an established author platform, you should receive a higher royalty rate and advance than an author who does not.
- You recognise that you are central to a revolutionary shift in publishing which needs to move from seeing the author purely as a resource (in the new parlance ‘content provider’) to respecting the author as a creative director, with much to offer — and be rewarded for — in each step of the publishing process.
- You are proud of your indie status and carry that self-respect into all your ventures, negotiations and collaborations for your own benefit and to benefit all writers.
If I self-publish, can I still attract a publisher?
Despite those who like to create a phoney war between author- versus trade-publishing, many of our members move happily between these options. Writers can now choose different pathways for different projects and in different phases of their writing lives.
The stigma that once surrounded author-publishing is a thing of the past, as more indies experience commercial and creative success. Agents and publishers now trawl author-publishing sites (including this one) looking for writers with proven talent and fan-bases.