Friday, April 22, 2011

Writer Labeling

There can be more information gained on the internet than one person is able to perceive. For a writer, the tools are invaluable. 

Lately, the talk is all about classifying writers. 

I am an Indie! I control my words, my covers, my publishing dates, my promotion techniques... In other words, I do it all myself. I no longer answer to anyone but myself. This is freedom, folks. 

Whether you are self-published through a company who you end up paying out the wazoo to get a book published (which isn't much different than being with a small press and their model agency), or through a small press, or legacy published, you will have to answer to someone else. That's the facts. When that publisher--small press or legacy-- as a publishing house, doesn't stand behind their authors in marketing all their authors in every aspect to bring to the reader what is available from its house, then it is an EPIC FAILURE. Especially for the author, upon who the house will blame for poor sales. Go figure that one out!! 

So, here's a quick rundown of the new definitions in the publishing world:
Indie-(me!) Writer who does all the publishing steps themselves. 
Self-published- Going through a Vanity press.
Traditional published-Published with a small press, NOT NewYork. 
Legacy published- NY or Big 6 pub'd. 

For anyone who wishes to call me one of the above, I am an Indie, no longer bound by the gatekeepers, the guards, or the bullies at the door. And wanna know what makes me laugh about all this? No longer am I dependent on waiting every six months to see how my sales are doing (which shattered the inner child in me), through a small press, I get up to the minute sales reports now and I get paid every month from Amazon. How cool is that? 

That's right...I'm now going to the bank, wearing a grin all the way!

Keep writing,


  1. Very, very well written! I love being an Indie Author and being in control of EVERYTHING!

  2. Diana, As you know, there's much more that could've been said. Since trad pub wants us separated, then I propose this question..."What do Indies have that trad pub writers don't?" AN INCOME! lol.

  3. Wow! An income - never thought I'd be able to say those words. At least not from writing. If I had a day job, I could quit it.

    Ah, life is good. Really, really good!

  4. I like to think of them as hats rather than labels. I like wearing different hats... ;)