Traditional Published Authors Goin’ Indies

Originally posted by Sabrina Ricci for IndieReader on Huffington Post

Indie publishing is a growing trend. According to Bowker Books in Print and Bowker Identifier Services, over 235,000 print and ebooks have been self-published as of 2011.

What’s even more interesting is that many traditionally published authors are also going indie, all for a variety of reasons—some because they were unhappy with their publishers’ marketing efforts, others because their publishers no longer wanted to publish their books. But after talking to six traditionally published authors who have since turned to self-publishing, it became clear they all had one common motive for making the switch: they wanted control.

Barbara Freethy , author of 34 books including the Wish series and the first author to sell one million books on both Nook and Kindle, said that she has been writing for 20 years, via four different publishing houses. Then in 2010, she got the rights back to her backlist books and decided to self-publish the ebook versions.

“Once I saw how well my self-publishing books were doing and how much more attention and focus I could put on my own books, it was a pretty easy decision [to continue self-publishing] because those books have been doing so much better,” she said.

Freethy said that she prefers self-publishing because she has more control and power over her own product. She can also publish her work more frequently.

“I’ve always written more quickly than my publishers have had spots in which to publish my books,” she said. “To put out three books in a series in one year is a fantastic opportunity.”


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