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.