First: to those who’ve supported my move to indie, you don’t know how much that means to me and how much I appreciate it. And I thank you for persevering through the transition.
Indie author means that I’m now publishing my own work, as opposed to working with a publisher. Berkley no longer wanted to publish any of the work I was writing–they moved into a different direction. And right now, publishing is volatile. I chose to just start publishing my own work. I can write what I like now and get a much better financial reward than I got with my ex-publisher. Think of it this way: Berkley and I got ‘divorced’. And most brick-and-mortar stores only accept traditionally published work.
BUT…Just going to be blunt here. I’ve gotten a number of readers complaining lately because I’ve gone indie and my books are no longer available in a brick and mortar store, and because the POD (print on demand copy) costs more.
Here are five facts about the issue:
- If I hadn’t gone indie, you would have NO MORE BOOKS from me to read because my previous publisher didn’t want to finish any of the series. So either they come out indie, or you get NONE.
- Even if I had the option to stay with my previous publisher, I think I would have still chosen to go indie because it’s the BEST move for me. It’s given me a new lease on my work and I’m back to loving what I do.
- If you don’t read e-books (which I’ve made far cheaper than they were with Berkley) and you don’t want to order the POD version for whatever reason, there’s nothing I can do to help. There are a LOT of wonderful authors out there that are still being published traditionally, and I’m sure that you will find others in stores that you like.
- This is a business, not a hobby. This is my livelihood. Therefore, I run it in the best way I can for my needs.
- This is not going to change–not for the foreseeable future. This is the way it is.
So…thank you so much for those who have stuck with me, and to the new readers coming in. And for those who are angry at me–*shrugs* Ya know, I can’t let it bother me and I’m not going to apologize. There’s too much stress in the world already. Please, go find authors who will make you happy and keep reading, even if it’s not my books.