Self-Published Indies Are Authors Too
Self-Published and Indie Authors, you know us. We are not a generation nor are we a movement we are a good share of folk who are just like any normal author who goes and publishes traditionally so why don’t we get taken seriously? Why is it that some people and companies tend to frown upon self published authors and not give them the credit they would give a traditional published author? Why are we not taken seriously by everyone? It doesn’t need to be said but here it is anyways, we write, we think and we pour our hearts out into our work just as much as anyone else yet the minute we decide to go on our own or take the lesser road traveled we are looked upon sometimes as having been taken by the plague. To be clear this is not about whether one is better than the other, that’s not what’s being asked here what’s being asked is why are self-published Indie authors not given the same respect as those who go with the big guns of big time publishing companies? It’s not like we have found the fountain of publishing, this is not a shortcut it’s merely another innovative way for an author to get their work officially out there without the fancy contracts, waiting around or ten sets of eyes to overlook it. There is no reason to be against an Indie author, sometimes authors go both routes(let’s call them bipublished) are they too not considered normal? I’ve heard that places such as Barnes&Noble don’t take self-publishers serious. This is as much to say they will not consider promoting or carrying an authors book who has not gone though traditionally to publish it or doesn’t have it available On Ingrams books. If a book has an ISBN it should be completely irrelevant as to whether or not it’s self-published or not it simply doesn’t matter. Now maybe I’m making a big deal out of nothing but self-published authors sometimes have it harder than the others because we have to promote on our own. We have to go out and get the deals done and what not. Yet you would think a company such as Barnes&Noble(the biggest and perhaps the only majoy bookstore left) would accommodate and accept Indie authors as much as any author.
Their reasons will be they want books they know will sell, that they can make money of off but what’s a self-published book to a traditional regular book that’s been in their store that no one’s ever bought? There’s no difference to me. If anything it should be a win-win for them, they get a local Indie author to do a book signing, they make money and get people to their store and the author makes money and gets people to have copies of their book. But again not all of their stores or other book stores and companies are like this. We Self-published and Indie authors are not outcasts and we are not to be taken lightly, we are a kind, generous and heartwarming folk(well most of us anyways) and we are no different then those authors who go the traditional route.