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A few days ago I read something goofy. It was a little diatribe about self published writers. It went something like this:
“Self publishing means you paid a vanity publisher to put your unedited, probably unworthy book into print, wasting resources and foisting yet another terrible book on the readership. Indie authors take it seriously: They hire editors, vet their work through readers before publication, and hold high standards for all their writing.”
What a load of crapola. How long ago did we start saying “indie author?”
Careful with that mud
Don’t get me wrong – I like the moniker. I just might start calling myself an indie author. But there are so many problems with condemning one self-description and promoting another. (Where to begin?) You see, I’m an indie author who published my bad self, just like all the other indie authors. It’s still self publishing, and that’s a sweet and remarkable opportunity available to us all. That’s a good thing.
I self published, going through months of sweaty research, editing, reader feedback, more reader feedback, revision, and ultimately a line-by-line sit-down and think about every inch of my book, before I used Trafford to put it into print. Self published, people. Guess what happened after that.
Then it really got interesting
I had done my market research so well, and worked the maze of revision so thoroughly, that my book got picked up by a “Publisher.” Some people call that being “externally published.” Most people say that’s when you can call yourself an “author.” See, I wasn’t an author when I put the book into print through Trafford. But when Sourcebooks bought it, reformatted it, renamed it, and put it into print their way, POOF! Wow, did you see that? I’m an author now. Well.
In this big, hairy, bloated transition out of lousy publishing models that keep writers impoverished, and into a model we’re making up as we go, let’s stick to the kind road.
It is a big deal to “get published.” It’s also a big deal to bring a book to fruition yourself. Completion. It’s the meat, baby.
Today, I’ll stay on that smooth track the Independent Authors call their own. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
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