You’ve probably seen the term “indie authors” being thrown around on Twitter and have wondered what that means. Someone who identifies as an indie author (like myself) is a person who publishes their work in non-traditional ways with the intent on retaining creative control and their rights to their work.
With that being said, you’re probably wondering why someone wouldn’t want the rights and control over their stories. Well, it’s not that simple. Big traditional publishers are in the business of accepting books that’ll sell. Their main purpose is making money. They may like the premise of your book, but they can ask you to change characters, scenes, and even the ending if it’s not what they think will sell to an audience. Because of this, many big publishing companies have the final say over your story and not the author.
Indie publishing methods (and indie authors) are growing in numbers because we want to share our stories the way they were originally meant to be told. And many of us would agree that publishing books isn’t about the money, but simply about telling and spreading our stories.
I write books that I want to read. I’m a reader as well. I can say with certainty that I have never picked up a book based on who the publisher was, but because the cover and the blurb caught my eye. Whether it’s self-published or done by a traditional publisher, it has never mattered to me – just the story itself.
So how can we support these type of authors?
- Leave reviews – These help authors get their books seen and help future customers pick up their story.
- Share to social media – You found a story you love? Share it to your social media accounts to spread the word!
- Tell your friends – Word of mouth travels fast!
- Follow the author – Show your support and subscribe to their blogs, follow them on social media, and like their posts.
- Buy their books – If you liked one of their stories, try some of their others. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
- Suggest their book for your book club!
We appreciate all the interaction we get from our followers and it’s what drives us to continue with our work. This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a start for supporting any indie author. If you have further suggestions, leave them in the comments section below!
As always, happy writing!