The effect of technology on the publishing industry means that for novelists there are many more avenues open to them than the traditional publishing route. Self-publishing and indie publishing have come a long way in recent years in terms of technology, availability, and cost. Many authors have proven these newer routes into publication are not just viable, but can still bring an author success (by whatever terms they define it). But when do you decide to to choose these new independent options? And why do you decide to take them? There’s no simple answer to this, unfortunately: what’s a great decision for one writer may be an awful one for another. Traditional vs independent publishing options are not necessarily mutually exclusive; numerous authors combine both (“hybrid” authors) or may switch from one to the other, or even have one book/series published traditionally and another self-published. And as 2017 begins, I have made my own decision for the moment (subject to change on a whim, etc, etc). 2017 will see a trilogy of Fantasy novels I have written making their way towards indie publication.
I made my decision with snail-like haste, reading and researching and listening to what other authors say about the various options. As 2016 came to a close I decided that independently publishing my work was the right choice (at the moment) for me. I contacted a cover artist in the run-up to Christmas about the possiblity of realising an idea I had for a trilogy I finished a while back, and found he was keen on the concept and had some time available in May.
So, as 2017 begins I’m taking my first steps on the path to publication. It’s time to dust off my three manuscripts, undertake final revisions, and get everything ship-shape for mid-May when the cover artist goes to work.