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TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING VS INDIE PUBLISHING
I am deeply honored to be a guest here today as I wind down my blog tour for Ghostly Interference. Also, I want to announce that my book is on sale through January 22nd!
Having now sat on both sides of the publishing table, I want to talk about traditional versus indie publishing.
First of all, let me say if you think by getting a traditional publishing contract, you will automatically have a bestselling book, you are grossly mistaken. That could not be further from the truth.
In today’s traditional publishing climate, it’s safe to say that at least 99 percent of the marketing efforts are totally left up to the author. The days of publishers getting professional reviews for you are long gone. The days of publishers advertising your books in literary magazines are long gone.
So, from the marketing aspect, there is absolutely no difference between indie and traditional publishing. And I think we can all agree that marketing is the most challenging part of our jobs as authors. At least it is for me. Thank goodness for the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!
Before The Wild Rose Press offered me a publishing contract for Ghostly Interference, I had to submit a solid marketing plan for the book. It was a huge benefit to list RRBC as a big part of my marketing plan. Having the support of an international book club gave me a leg up, which they recognized. If you’re an author reading this and are not a member of the amazingly supportive RRBC community, I highly suggest you head straight over and join!
On to the subject we started with, and that is traditional versus indie publishing.
When you publish as an indie author, you retain complete and total control over your work…Not only the story but the cover, pricing, and release date.
The first change The Wild Rose Press made to Ghostly Interference was the title. My working title had been When Two Worlds Collide. It took some conceding for me to relinquish it as I thought it perfectly described the book. Of course, they were looking at it from the marketing standpoint, and Amazon already listed several titles of the same name.
When you are an indie author, you have to pay for every aspect of your book out of your pocket. For me, this was the single biggest motivation to seek a publisher for this book and series. I exhausted my savings with my first five books and have not recouped even close to the amount I initially invested, in all honesty. Yet, I do not regret a single dime I spent to get the biographical story told.
Editing is the single biggest expense in indie publishing. And if you are lucky enough to find an affordable, professional editor, you hit pay dirt. There are so many out there advertising editing services that are a far cry from professionals. Many authors find that out too late. A good example is the editor I had for my first book, Flowers and Stone. In hindsight, I’m not sure he knew the English language. The fact that he repeatedly misspelled my name should have been a big red flag.
The six rounds of editing The Wild Rose Press provided gave me a level of confidence in delivering my story that I’ve never felt with indie publishing. To clarify, I know not all traditional publishers go through this many rounds of editing, so I am blessed and grateful that this company goes the extra mile.
Book covers can be expensive if you can’t design your own. However, the cost falls far behind editing. But again, as an indie author, you have complete control over what you want your cover to portray.
I was allowed to give a maximum of three things I wanted to see on my cover. When I received the finished cover for review, the only feedback I could give was to make sure there were no typos. Guess what? There was. They had misspelled Ghostly. 🙂 I do love the cover they came up with, except for the white rune symbol, which looks like a P. 🙂
Formatting is a huge issue for me. I have never understood it and therefore have paid someone to format my books. The only story I attempted to format was Jonah, and in one of the reviews I received, the reviewer mentioned issues with the formatting. So, it was a huge relief to have that taken care of by the publisher.
I had absolutely no control over the release date of this book. I would have never chosen to release it so close to Christmas when everyone’s attention is anywhere but on new books. I also had no control over pricing. Thankfully, I was able to request a sale period, and I hope it helps those readers who are on a budget.
At the end of the day, there is no magic button for publishing a story. I chose to seek out a partner for this series strictly because of money. I had no more. It took three years of pitching to land the contract.
Is having a publishing contract a perfect scenario? NO! Does it make my book better than my indie-published books? Only from the aspect of editing, YES. I’d love to rework all of my first books from the editing standpoint, and who knows, maybe someday. Does having a publishing contract raise my author status? NO! My work, my writing, and my dedication to the craft are the things that grow my author status. As with everything in life, the effort is what determines the reward.
I love writing polished, entertaining stories. I never imagined this is how I’d spend my last years in life, but I’ll take it, embrace it and run with it.
Final conclusion: There is little difference between traditional and indie publishing. There are ups and downs to both. It’s entirely up to the author to decide what they want and what’s most important to them. If you choose to seek out a publisher, do your research. Not all companies are legitimate.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Let’s chat!
Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet, comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.
Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?
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