Today’s guest blogger, Anna Louise Lucia, is someone I’ve come to know through a super supportive goal-in-a-month (GIAM) writing group. Anna’s latest book, Dangerous Lies, was recently released, and I was intrigued to know more about her publishing experience, as she’s published with an indie. She graciously agreed to illuminate all of us.
Thanks for being here, Anna. Take it away!
When Therese kindly invited me to blog on Writer Unboxed, she had one request – can you give us a perspective on writing for an indie?
At which point, naturally, my mind went blank.
And, as usual, when my mind goes blank (guys, this happens WAY too often!) I turned to friends and colleagues for answers. “Why did you choose an independent publisher?” I asked, and “what’s your take on writing for one?”
My first reply, from Phil Bowie, (whose latest release KLLRS was called, “Good, solid, face-paced adventure fiction,” by Stephen Coonts) was, “how are you defining an Independent Publisher?”
Thanks Phil. ;-)
Good point, though. There’s a lot of confusion out there about different routes to publication. I’d be a fool if I thought I could take you through all of that. But I think I can define what an indie is.
Medallion Press is adamant they are neither a “small press” or a “print on demand” publisher. They are not, emphatically not, a vanity press. They are an Independent Publisher – a publisher that isn’t part of a large conglomerate or multinational. They have print runs and sales figures that qualify them for RWA recognised status, and they, crucially for professional writers, offer advances and competitive royalties.
Independent presses are small, though. They don’t have the entrée to Walmart’s book aisles, and they can often struggle to get books on display on the shelves of major bookstore chains. However, collectively, independent publishers make up approximately half the market share of the book industry.
So that’s an Indie. But why choose one? [Read more…]