Publishing Tips: What Are Indie Publishers? Part 1
What Are Indie
Publishers? (Part 1)
Recently, I went on Twitter and posed a question about indie publishers to the #WritingCommunity which is made up of aspiring, self-published, and traditionally published writers. As we are a procrastinating bunch, playing online instead of writing, responses are usually immediate. However, my question of "What is your perception of indie publishers?" met with resounding crickets (even after a retweet). I see all these aspiring authors stressing out about trying to query agents and wondered through this silence if they believe it is the only way. In the beginning, I did. I though it was agent or self publishing, but there is something wonderfully in between: indie pubs.
Hold up though. Stats like this skew things, making it sound like getting published should be easy, unless we look at them in perspective. The Big 5 put out loads of books, small presses put out few but there are more of them. When it comes to small presses, most do not represent all genres, but usually have a focus, or if they do it all, they must be highly selective. Most indie presses only put out a book or two a month. So finding your exact genre limits this list a little as does the amount books they take. What the stats do prove, if we assume about 50 of these 100,000 belong to the Big 5, is that indie publishers have become popular. And the great thing is they are a perfect in between for aspiring authors, not the big leagues, not self publishing.
I have two books on my roster and a novella, all through these indie presses. I'm glad I went this route and do not think I'm ready for the big leagues at this stage, nor do I want to be. I see many advantages of small presses over "going big," the main one of actually being published. Stay tuned. In a few weeks, I'll take a closer look at indie presses.