I know why indie publishing works for so many authors. They like feeling empowered–raising hand–and going straight to their readers without a middleman. Those things appeal to me, but there are more.
1. Write to my own schedule.
One thing that worried me when I was pursuing the elusive NY contract. Deadlines. Pre-mommy days, I made all of my deadlines for all of my previous books with time to spare. Now that I’m a mom, my free time is dedicated to Baby Girl. Unless NY paid me enough money to quit my day job–seven figures–that won’t change. The only reason why I can put out as many books as I have planned for this year is because most of them are already written and need polishing. Polishing is a lot easier and faster than first-drafting.
2. Experiment with endless possibilities.
I’ve been trying to write something “fresh” for so long that it’s hard for me to stick with one thing for more than one story. I’m trying, but it’s like I have ADD with each book I write. I like trying new and different things. Things not thought of before. My Hex Series is really easy to do because it’s basically a series of interconnected stories where the focus is around curses. I don’t think I could get away with that in NY. In fact, I don’t know of one Urban Fantasy writer who does stand-alone novels. So, going indie let’s me be bold and gives me the ability to try something different.
3. Getting paid.
Bittersweet isn’t a blockbuster. It might take a long time before it is, assuming it ever happens. But it’s done one thing for me that my other back-burner stories haven’t. It’s making money. Since it’s debut on March 4th, I’ve only sold 31 copies with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords combined. That’s $64 more than any of my back burner stories. And to think Bittersweet was about to join them. Thankfully, I believed enough in this story to be too bullheaded to shelf it. $64 amounts to two large packs of diapers, some baby wipes, and a talking (Not Tickle-Me) Elmo doll that my daughter loves and is driving me nuts. 😆 But the hilarity that belts out of Baby Girl whenever she flips Elmo’s mouth open and he sings or laughs back: priceless. So yeah, Bittersweet is a huge success for me. 😀