Blog Carnival: Why I’m Indie (and why I now want some cotton candy)

Indie author Chris Kelly is doing something called a blog carnival.  The topic is: Why I’m indie.  I thought I’d give it a go, although at the mention of the word carnival I pretty much wanted to abandon my family for a deep-fried Snickers and the Tilt-a-Whirl. Uh-hum, I digress.

There are a lot of smart reasons to go indie-complete creative control, owning your own rights, not having to share your royalties with seven other people. I went indie for all of these reasons, but they weren’t my primary driving force.  The number one reason I chose to self-publish is because I don’t have one iota of patience.

I hate having to wait for other people to give me the go ahead to do anything.  After a year and nearly 70 rejection letters, I was more than over querying for Glimpse.  I was pissed off, depressed, and sick of doing things the “right” way.  A few months before I came to this conclusion I’d received a Kindle.  I’d only read things by traditionally published authors on it and it was getting a little spendy, so I thought I’d check out stuff by Kerry Allen and Zoe Winters.  Well, me likey, and the cost of all their works together was less than one traditionally published book. I didn’t realize that they were indie at the time, I just thought that their stuff was only published in e-book form.  I searched to find their e-pub’s and, what is this?  THIS IS SELF-PUBLISHED?!?  That was the point where my frustration plus their inspiration made me say, “Eff this noise, I’m going indie.”

I love it.  Glimpse was released as an e-book in April, followed by a print release through Createspace in May.  The next book in the series, Glimmer, is going to be out in both e and print November 1.  That’s right, two full-length novels released in one year.  For a writer without any patience, that is the sweetest thing.  At this point, I can’t even imagine letting another person steer my writing career.  There’s no going back for me, self publishing makes me super happy.  And to never have to write a query letter again? Bliss.

15 Thoughts on “Blog Carnival: Why I’m Indie (and why I now want some cotton candy)

  1. Awww, thank you so much! I didn’t realize you read me not knowing I was self-pubbed and that it helped you decide to take the plunge. That’s so cool!

    I totally hear you on the “Bliss” part. Some days I sort of sit around in slobbery/drooling glee over the fact that I never have to write another stupid query letter. Viva La Resistance, bitches!

  2. Yes! That’s why I’m always, “I heart Zoe,” because you helped my life not suck. :)

  3. Boy, do I hear you on the query letter bit. And synopses. Geez, do you remember synopses? Ugh.

    I just stumbled onto your website and Glimpse. I’m happy to find another indie young adult writer. Awesome. I’m off to purchase Glimpse now, but I’ll be writing a review of it to share with my readers, and I’ll be sure to give you a link to it when I’m done.

    (Chapter One is fabulous by the way!)

  4. Yeah, a lot of us seem to have an entire lack of patience! :)

    I’ve read some awesome indie books over the last few months (all recommended by the people at Kindleboards). I’m proud to be called a self publisher if it means I’m lumped in with them.

  5. 70 rejections. Well, at least you kept at it a bit. I talked to one writer the other day that put up with allowing her agent to stop querying after 8 (8??? Get real! For 15%, they better submit to everyone they can!).

    It’s nice to see more young adult indie authors. Congrats on getting your novel up and the upcoming novel. What exciting times. When I get a kindle (a few months away, at least), I’ll have so many new writers to read. As a reader, this is as great of a time as it is for writers.

  6. —-“I hate having to wait for other people to give me the go ahead to do anything. After a year and nearly 70 rejection letters…”

    I hate having to wait for the go ahead from other people too (especially when they’re more concerned for their well-being, than mine, LOL)…I think I’ve probably gathered upwards of 500 rejections (electronic and print). I had one agent who was quite interested in one project, but I withdrew the manuscript (I said I’d just come to the realization that there are “more opportunities in indie publishing right now”).

    The agent was very nice, and replied/wish me well. Later, he said his colleague had a look at my ms., who said it “was a shame it was withdrawn as [she was] quite impressed with it.” Funny how I didn’t hear that *before* I withdrew it, ha ha.

    Said book is the first in my upcoming SINS07 series.

    —-“…two full-length novels released in one year. For a writer without any patience, that is the sweetest thing.”

    Yesssssssssss. I’m not going to wait 2-3 years for a book to get published, when I can do it myself in 2-3 months!

  7. Amen!

    I stumbled across this blog post and had to raise my glass and toast you. I agree with the not being patient part. I tried for a year and after much hair pulling, teeth grinding and tears of frustration over the stupid query letters and synopses, I was going to throw in the towel.

    Lo and behold a light lit up my world when I joined http://www.authonomy.com (online slush pile for Harper Collins) and spotted an ad for Createspace.

    The rest they say is history. Like you, I published two books this year. “Werelove Dusk Conspiracy” my YA paranormal novel is doing the best of the two and I’m writing like crazy on three other WIPs that I hope to get out in 2011.

    I purchased your book and I can’t wait to read a fellow indie author’s work.

  8. Lakisha, I think our experience is not rare in the indie world. The hoops that trad. publishing makes writers jump through are frustrating!
    I would recommend reading the other posts in this indie blog carnival-lots of interesting perspectives.
    Thanks for buying Glimpse, I’ll definitely return the favor. I think we might be friends on Goodreads, your website address seems familiar.

    • I think we are too. Not sure. I’m on so many social network sites and so many fellow authors are in several as well. Who knows?

      I would also suggest http://www.smashwords.com as another avenue of getting your ebook out there. The cool thing about Smashwords is that you can create coupons, have a sale and get your ebook in many ebook companies’ catalogs. I have my books in the Kindle Store and Smashwords.

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