We are writers. Most of us either are or will be independently published. As indie writers we have now reached the status of being legit- earning the stamp of approval, right? We don’t have to make excuses, explain ourselves when we say we are indie published, or do we?
Please hear me out in this fictitious story based loosely on a real conversation…
An author friend of mine, who has several books traditionally published, recently had her rights reverted to her on her first book. When I found out I was so excited for her, for the new opportunity she now has to indie publish – gain new readers, have control over her book and more. I almost jumped out of my seat and said, “This is great isn’t it? Now you can publish it yourself.”
If only you were there, and could have seen the look on her face. It was as though I told her to strip naked and run through the streets with a neon sign hung around her neck.
“There are a ton of great ebook cover designers, formatters and editors that I would be more than happy to set you up with,” I continued trying to explain myself. “Really, I could walk you through the whole process. It will be so much fun too.”
She adjusted herself in the chair opposite of mine. An eyebrow raised. A closed mouth.
Trying again to encourage her, and of course help her experience the success and fun of being an indie published author, I went on. “I’m telling you, I will guide you every step of the way. This will be great. Your readers will love being able to get your book again. And new readers can discover you as well. Plus, to have control over your own book, be way more profitable….”
Finally, she politely said to me, “I’ve decided to let my new (traditional) editor have it. Right now I am rewriting it for them to publish in their new line.”
I can’t remember her exact words, but she eluded that indie publishing had a stigma she wanted nothing to do with. That indie was not seen as a legitimate, nor professional, move for authors who wanted to be taken seriously in the industry. Please do not get me wrong, she is a great person, a fantastic writer, and a dear friend. However, she is still hanging onto the old school publishing train of thought.
I understand that thinking, at one time I felt the same way as well. Please know, I respect her decision. And I am not picking on her, but providing this story as something indie published authors may still face.
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: What do we do? What do we say? Has something like this ever happened to you when people find out you are indie published?