Friday, November 19, 2021

Writing: Indie vs Traditional Publishing

You'd think that the process of waiting for a writer is over once they either hook up with a publisher or decide to "go indie." In the former process, you'd imagine that every step would be planned out, and all you have to do is wait for the money to roll in. In the latter, the author merely relaxes and lets the process take over. In both cases--wrong!

We're all aware of the time frame for the average novel published by a traditional publisher--from the time of signing the first contract, it may be anywhere from 12 months or more--lots more--until an author can hold the finished product in his hand. And, when you become aware of everything involved in the publishing process, it's understandable. But, you think, it has to be different when you're at the wheel of the indie process. Well, yes and no. It goes faster, but every decision is up to you--and when (as you should) you choose to get a professional involved for cover design, editing, and other functions--you are the one who does the choosing. 

Meanwhile, of course, you should be working on the next novel. And the one after that. And so forth.

Note: I thought I was through writing, but my wife thought otherwise, and--as usual--she might be right. I'm in the last phase of preparing a novella for publication. My time table is for it to be released after the first of the year (to take advantage of all the Amazon gift cards to be given). Details will be released soon--first on my newsletter, and later on this blog. Meanwhile, enjoy your preparations for the holidays.  


Patricia Bradley said...

...all you have to do is wait for the money to roll in.
Wait a minute and let me get up off the floor from laughing so hard...

When I first started submitting my work, I had a tagline that read: "I asked God about patience, and he gave me a book to write."

The waiting has always been a hard part of writing, and something that totally surprised me.

Richard Mabry said...

I guess that's why it's taken so long (from traditionally published and indie-published books). More waiting, I guess.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Hey, I usually DO get gift cards at Christmas. How'd ya know?:-)

Richard Mabry said...

Stand by for the news, then, and I'll help you find something to spend them on.