Being an indie author can be tough, but here are just a few of the upsides:
I can write what I like. What I mean by this is I don’t have to stick to one genre. For example my first two books, The Finder and The Illusionist are supernatural fiction. But my third book, due out late February 2015 is a romantic comedy and it couldn’t be more different from the first two. If I was lucky enough to be with a publishing house, would they allow that? I doubt it, or they’d make me use a different author name.
I can publish when I like. Once I’ve written the book, edited it several times, had it proof read then sourced the cover artwork, it’s good to go. I don’t have to fit into anyone else’s schedule – commercial or political.
I can stay true to my story. I’m lucky enough to have a very good story editor, she helps me create the structure for my work, but she doesn’t tell me what I should or shouldn’t do. She also does this for free, because she’s confident that some time in the future she’ll get a big payback – me too! As an indie author I solicit input from my beta readers, I take their advice on board but I’m not bound by it – I can stay true to my story.
I don’t need permission from anyone else to publish my book. Whether I choose Amazon, Smashwords or any of the others, I decide if I want to publish. No one tells me I can’t and no one tells me I must.
Nothing beats that feeling when your book is available to download and readers start to buy it! I am my own master, for good or bad. I write what I enjoy reading, and I hope my readers enjoy reading it too.
See more about being an indie author from Christina L Rozelle in her blog post 10 Things that SUCK (and ROCK!) about Being an Indie Author.