Today I would like to welcome author Katie Klein to the blog!
Katie has written numerous books like:
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Katie is here to tell us her Top Ten Reasons Why Being an Indie Author is so Awesome!!!
There are a variety of reasons it’s great to be an indie writer, and most point back to personal freedom, or what I like to think of as “what’s best for the author.”
Here are my Top Ten. . . .
1. Freedom to write the story you feel compelled to tell.
Let’s face it: many publishers like to “play it safe.” That’s why you find a lot of the same story ideas recycled over and over again. The indie writer doesn’t have to worry about meeting an editor’s demands, or wonder what the “board” will say when it comes time to face acquisition. The indie writer can write the story he or she wants to tell. There are no limits. There are no boundaries.
2. Access to information.
Knowledge is power. Real time sales information is essential. Are social media posts working for you? An advertisement you took out? Have you stopped promoting altogether? With traditional publishing, you only have access to numbers months after the sale. Indie writers can examine numbers daily on a variety of platforms to determine what (promotion-wise) is working and what isn’t.
3. Final say when it comes to content.
This points back to reason number one, but it’s important to know that, after an editor at a publishing house gets involved, chances are things will change—things you may or may not want changed. There’s nothing wrong with editors, and a lot of times their advice is solid and is meant to make the story better. However, sometimes they want big adjustments (with characters, storylines, and even the outcome). If you’re not prepared to make these changes (or feel comfortable doing so), problems can arise.
4. Final say when it comes to cover illustration.
The truth is, traditional authors have little to no control over cover art. Suggestions can be offered or complaints made, but many times those cries of outrage fall on deaf ears. At best, a few tweaks will be made. I actually cried when I saw the cover of my first YA novel, which was traditionally published. While there were a few things to like about it, I knew that 1) bookstores wouldn’t feel compelled to stock it, and 2) YA readers/teens wouldn’t pick it up to find out more. I was right on both counts.
5. Freedom to tweak covers, content, and descriptions as needed.
If something isn’t working, changes can be made. If a reader finds a typo or two, the book can be corrected and re-uploaded. If the description isn’t “selling” the book, it can be re-worked. You hold the power to do what’s necessary to make sure your book sells.
6. Your book doesn’t even have to “hit it big” right out of the gate.
In traditional publishing, everything relies on that first six months after a book is released. That’s when you’ll want to do speaking gigs and book signings. This is when the publisher is going to make a big push to get your book in front of readers (unless they decide not to “push” you at all, which is also likely). Indie writers have control over their release, and, since ebooks are forever, there’s no rush to hit the bestseller list immediately. It takes time to find an audience, and an audience can’t be found if stores are pulling your books the first few months after “lackluster” sales.
7. You can walk right past the waiting room.
If you’ve tried the traditional route, you know the “waiting rooms” of which I speak: agent waiting rooms, acquisition waiting rooms, publishing waiting rooms. If you submit your manuscript to an agent, expect to wait a few weeks (or even months) to hear anything. If you get an agent and go out on submission, expect to wait to hear from the editors. Expect to wait to hear if an offer is made. Expect to wait for contract details. Expect to wait for revision requests. For it to appear in bookstores. Wait. Wait. Wait. If your manuscript is ready, that’s a lot of time to set it aside when it could potentially be earning royalty money. And speaking of royalties. . . .
8. You can’t beat the publishing terms.
Indies have the best “contract terms” of anyone in the business. You own and retain the rights, and the royalty rates can’t be matched. For every one Cross My Heart I sell at $3.99, I make approximately $2.75 at Amazon. Sure, there are no advances, but I made “advance money” (between $5,000-$10,000 for a midlist YA author) by the first summer Cross My Heart was published. Not all of my books have been this successful, but many Indies have been able to support themselves solely on writing.
9. You get paid regularly and on time, and even the “coffee money” counts.
Traditional publishers tend to hold royalties, releasing them every six months (but only if you’ve earned back your advance). Most indie platforms pay royalties monthly as long as the minimum requirement is met (At least $10.00 for Nook, for instance). Even the seemingly “small” checks matter. The way I see it, any royalties earned on a work is more than it would’ve earned sitting in the proverbial “desk drawer,” untouched.
10. The fans are the best around.
No explanation needed. 🙂
Cross My Heart Review:
I have read quite a few teen romance titles and I will let you in on a little secret…(they are my favorite!) This one actually took me by surprise and I was actually shocked with the ending. I mean you have your typical girl whom of course is as straight as an arrow being a cheerleader and her basketball playing boyfriend. You know where I am going with this right? Then you throw in the mysterious bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Of course she will fall for him. He is exciting and new.
The problem is that she didn’t expect to fall for him. She thought that she could help him and change him when in the end the only one whom changed was herself.
What I did not expect was the shocker of an ending. The author threw in an angle that was perfect for the book and the main characters. I am very happy that I read this book, it was written wonderfully and well worth the $3.99 via Amazon. I actually would pay more!
“You know,” he says, peeking inside the bag. “It’s okay. Because ham and cheese is my absolute favorite…and an apple? It’s like, the lunch of champions.”I stifle another yawn. “It doesn’t get much better than that, right?”“Only if you were eating with me,” he says.”
Katie Klein is a die hard romantic with a penchant for protagonists who kick butt. She currently resides on the East Coast and is hard at work on her next YA novel. In addition to CROSS MY HEART and COLLATERAL DAMAGE, she is also the author of THE GUARDIAN, VENDETTA, and REVELATION, a YA urban fantasy trilogy.
Thank you Katie for taking the time to stop bye and share your top ten with us!!!