I’m listening to our grand daughter as she giggles with her grandpa. They are playing a rowdy game of Peek-a-boo. She’ll whimper a little like she’s unhappy and he’ll think of something else to do with her to make her happy.
That’s when I think of how glad I am to be an Indie author.
I think if I had an agent and publisher, I might be spending time communicating with them and not enjoying our little bundle of energy.
Working for myself as an indie author gives me some great advantages:
I answer to myself. I don’t have to make phone calls and negotiate with anyone. Negotiating is tiring, although usually good comes out of those kind of meetings. I like to compromise.
I have no time constraints or deadlines. If I don’t want to work on the adaptation of Bumbling Bea into a play, I don’t have to do so. Trust me, there are so many facets of indie publishing. I can use my time wisely just about anywhere my cursor lands. I accept the reality of this, however. I know if I don’t finish a scene then I might not make my self imposed deadline, but that’s something for me to deal with.
I have no budget limits except those in my own pocketbook. I have to be careful with my budget now that I am retired. Currently, I’m not directing any project or doing any extra teaching. I think I’m in a transition period. It’s easy to overspend on advertising and marketing which is of course the crux of the work.
I set the price of both the paperback and ebook version. Because it’s mine, I can change the price any time I choose with the trust help of Amazon. Usually, I can change the price in a matter of hours.
I receive a higher royalty for each copy than through traditional publishing. If you think I’m getting rich here you are sorely mistaken. That wasn’t my goal, although the extra money is always welcome, you know?
I have complete creative control. I decide on everything pertaining to my book–its color, font style, size, synopsis, description, retailers, giveaways, etc. This aspect reminds me of directing plays. It was very fun to work with my illustrator, H. Russ Brown. If I had gone the traditional publishing route, I wouldn’t have the team creativity we enjoy.
I have editorial control. Generally, this is a great asset. It can be challenging some times because if I see an error (and I do see errors), I decide whether the error should be fixed and the book reprinted. In turn, I can also do a second printing. That’s why Bumbling Bea will received a new exterior in February. I thought she needed some updating on both the outside and the story as well. You ask what did I do? You’ll have to read Bumbling Bea to find out!
I retain all the rights in a global market. If Bumbling Bea ever goes big and I mean IF, I reap the fruits of my labor, not someone elsewhere.
Bumbling Bea is a book of a particular niche market. For readers who are interested in theatre and are young teens, Bumbling Bea is for you. However, we discovered readers of many ages and students of various grade levels enjoy the story, because it is relatable. I’ve received reviews from grandmothers, teenagers, college students, actors, singers, dancers and even athletes. That’s quite a broad appeal.
I will admit, I have good days and not so good days. I like working by myself but at times I crave conversation with a friend or two to help me work out whatever my writing challenge I’m having. Whenever that occurs, I chat with my Indie Writers Cooperative Facebook group to gain perspective again. They are a wonderful resource to me as unbiased listeners and peers. The group was created in the fall of 2016 and to date we have more than 500 members. I think that speaks volumes about the importance of having a place to sound off with a group that understands you.
“But Deborah, what if an agent contacts you and wants to represent your book. What will you do?” I’ve spoken with two agents in the past. One wanted me to completely revamp the story turning it into a YA one and the other was overworked. So, if someone calls, I’ll call them back that’s for sure!From there, we’ll see…
Independent publishing is here to stay. Please enjoy a read on my behalf.
Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my website at DeborahBaldwin.net