You learn something every day. I read this article on the website of Alliance of Independent Authors (AIA). Very interesting!
According to the article, “Those we think of as ‘the self-publishers’ are primarily interested in writing, and the content of the book. Though they may also enjoy the tasks associated with publishing, they have relatively little interest in the business side of things. They ‘publish’ their work in the sense of making it public but they don’t give much time or thought to other aspects of publishing, like marketing, rights licensing or running an author-publishing business.”
I don’t believe I’m that.
Next, the indie authors “are the writers who are working to become fulltime author-publishers.” The following sentence scares me: “If they come to self-publishing thinking it’s second-best to trade-publishing, they can go through a tough time at first, and are more likely to fall away, defeated not so much by the work needed, as the attitude they’ve brought to the work.”
I read another article (which I cannot quote) about some literary agents at an interview or symposium of sorts. One said that more and more publishers want debut authors to have author platforms already and to do their own marketing or at least contribute significantly to the marketing of their book. This all seems to steer me toward self-publishing.
So, the article continues, “Those who stay the course begin to engage with, not resist, the work inherent in good publishing: working with suitable beta readers and editors; understanding where their books fit in the wider publishing ecosystem; learning what genres and format and categories fit their projects; discovering what they have to say; finding their voice.”
Perhaps I should stay the course and aim to become the third type. According to the article, “Authorpreneurs are succeeding in author business. They have adopted an independent, creative growth mindset and embrace the idea that marketing and business, as well as writing, can be creative. They have mastered three different sets of skills: writing good books, publishing them well, and running an author business, a significant creative and commercial achievement.”
Lots to think about before the next book is finished…