Self-Publishing and Indie Publishing have become controversial topics. Part of this controversy, however, is caused by the fact that we have two totally different things in mind. For the vocal anti-self-publishers, they imagine a woman alone in her room uploading her first draft from Microsoft Word to the internet and posting it for sale.
So What Do We Really Mean by Self-Publishing?
Self-Publishers take charge. They do not surrender their manuscript to a company, but rather take ownership of the decisions that go into producing their books. They do not have to do everything themselves, but they remain the shot-caller.
As a Self-Publisher, I pick the models that represent the characters on my covers. I tell my designer that I want the cover to be predominantly green or blue. I give the thumbs up or the thumbs down, but I don’t necessarily design it myself. Where John Green had to accept the publisher’s desire to explain-away the smoke on the cover of Looking for Alaska with a candle, Self-Publishers get veto power.
Self-Publishers get beta readers and editors to critique their work. Self-Publishers might hire a copy editor, but they might also get an English major friend to check the grammar.
The point is that Self-Publishers are not necessarily one writer alone, uploading whatever they pump out the day after NaNoWriMo. They are simply people who take control of their publishing experience.
The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing hopes to give these brave captains of their own fate a guide book to help along the way. At this point in the project we are 16% funded; we need your help.
Already selected a reward? What else can you do to help? Share our link with your networks and friends. Know a writer? Send them a message. Know someone looking for a cover artist? We have that in the backer rewards. Have a blog? There are widgets on the main page to embed this project.
We don’t just want to teach people how to put their book out there; we want to teach them how to do it well. Self-Publishing has some misconceptions to overcome. The best way to do this is to support each other in producing the best books we can.