030 Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing

Here are the show notes for the most recent episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

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Is independent publishing for you? Find out as we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of indie publishing.

But first, some background:

  • I am an indie author.
  • Worked with some very successful and profitable indie authors over the last 10 years.
  • Also worked with a lot of indie authors who were frustrated and disillusioned.
  • Bottom line: I am not a partisan in the indie vs trad battle. I see good and bad in both.

Pros of Indie Publishing

  • No gatekeeper to block you.
  • You have complete control.
  • You can make $2-$10 per book
  • You have all the marketing data.
  • Advertising
  • Fast

Cons of Indie Publishing

  • Expensive (If you have a big enough platform, you can crowdfund)
  • You have to find professionals to work with on your own.
  • You Have a Lot More to Learn
  • No Gatekeeper to tell you the book is not ready.
  • No Placement in Physical Bookstores
  • Not eligible for most awards.
  • Not eligible for most bestseller lists.

Bottom Line

  • Better for genre fiction.
  • Better for niche nonfiction. Most speakers do better with self-publishing.
  • Better for entrepreneurial authors
  • Better for fast writers

CWI Indie Publishing Bundle

This course bundle includes:

  • How to Get Published (1 hour)
  • The SMART Indie: Publishing Basics (>1 hour)
  • The SMART Indie: Find your readers (1 hour)
  • The SMART Indie: Newsletter Marketing (<1 hour)
  • The SMART Indie: Copywriting (2 hours)
  • The SMART Indie: Technical how-to’s (>1 hour)
  • The SMART Indie: Subsidiary Rights (1 hour)

If purchased separately, these courses would cost $140. But if you use the coupon code “podcast” at checkout, you can get the whole bundle for $44.10. That is nearly $100 in savings. You can also click the link in the show notes to activate the coupon code.

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2 Responses to 030 Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser June 25, 2019 at 7:11 am #

    I’ve always gone my own way,
    and don’t plan on stopping now.
    Life goes better when work’s play,
    not yoked to another’s plow.
    I’ll never make a living writing,
    but then, few writers do;
    independence can be exciting
    for the need to learn the new.
    I built my platform brick by brick
    and I know where I am going.
    I’m not smart, but am not thick,
    so there’ll not be me kowtowing.
    My stage in mine, the point is moot;
    I’ll never share it with a suit


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