Being an Indie Author is not easy. Let's not beat around the bush about that. It takes discipline–which I don't always have–patience–which I don't always have–and stubbornness–which I have A LOT of. Despite all the challenges, I wouldn't change my choice. And there are times I wonder. Did I make the right choice?
Yes, yes, I did.
When I started to look into publishing for Being Human, it always worried me what I read about publishers. I understood that editing needed to happen, but I was scared they would want to change the meat of the story. They'd say it needed to be changed to be more marketable. I'm all for being marketable, but I also knew that sometimes meant making the book more cookie cutter and I didn't want that for Being Human. The reason I decided to pursue publishing was because the story was unlike any I had ever read and I thought others would enjoy it. I did not want to risk losing that originality for the sake of making it easier to market. The right choice when I stopped reading traditionally published YA because of how alike they all felt to me.
I love being an Indie Author because means I can write the stories I want. They may not be the easiest to market because they don't neatly fit into a genre, or I can't think of any books to compare them too, but they are my books. I edit the crap out of them, get beta readers, and hire an editor. The books go through massive changes, but I have the final say with what's best for the book in mind. I'm not trying to shove the book into a box. There is no box in my Indie Author world.
PS: Being Human is 99cents at Amazon but the price is going to jump soon, so now's a great time to give this Indie Author a shot. ^_~