Please welcome best-selling author Tracy Cooper-Posey and her thoughts on indie-publishing…
Just What IS All The Fuss About Indie, Anyway?
As a writer, you must surely be a little bit curious about indie publishing:
- Barry Eisler, New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author, turned down a $1M+ deal to go indie.
- Edmonton’s own Cheryl K. Tardiff made $42,000 in one month, then wrote a book about how she made that $42K…and that hit best-sellerdom, too.
- Dozens of authors have made $1 million dollars.
- There are so many indie titles populating the best-seller lists now, picking individual titles is no longer germane.
But these are the outliers, the super-success stories the media drools over.
What you don’t read about is the hundreds of indie authors selling well enough to write full time – a much higher percentage than ever get to quit their day jobs in the legacy world.
Indies are making a comfortable to a very nice living. Romance author Tina Folsom reports a steady 30,000+ book sales every month. Indies earn around 70% of the cover price of each book…the math lifts your pulse, doesn’t it?
The biggest reason most authors shift to partial or full indie status, though, is control. As an indie author, you get to approve the cover, not just say thank you; say when the book is released (next week, not next year); you control the cover price and can change it as market forces deem it necessary, or you feel the need to promote or push a title…everything is up to you, including your income and ultimate success.
It’s hard to resist that freedom.
Tracy Cooper-Posey writes erotic vampire romance series and hot romantic suspense. She has been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award. She published 35 titles via legacy publishers before switching to indie publishing in March 2011. She has published 21 indie titles to date. Her indie books have made her an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and have been nominated three times for Book Of The Year. Tracy has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University. She writes a monthly indie publishing column for the Night Owl Reviews Magazine. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a retired professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line. Her website can be found at http://TracyCooperPosey.com