IndieReCon 2015

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  1. I am interested in creating my own publishing company as soon ssvImget my book back from the Library of Congress Copyright office. I plan on getting my ISBN #, but most of the rest my paranoid brain is concerned and confused about. I don’t like someone like Amazon having control of my work. There is no proof they’ll do what they claim. Plus I did sign with Author Solutions/House because I knew about Penguin Press (their company) but withdrew from it before it went into production and got my money back. They were very nice to me. Now I am trying to get binding done and an editor or proof reader I believe in and can afford. I have no intention of surrendering any work before I feel assured they deserve my trust. Any info how to proceed after I get copyrighted would be great. I am not sure if I need a website or can use Facebook page. I’m also thinking using paypal. I will have business cards. I go to a lot of events to hand out business cards and will do readings at libraries and womens groups. I wrote this quickly and hope I didn’t make mistakes. Look forward to hearing from you.

    1. The great thing about being an indie author is that nobody else has control of your work. Amazon is just a platform and a distributor – but you continue to own your rights and you are free to use them as you wish. Any other distributor that you go to will also distribute to Amazon, as they sell more books than anybody else online. it is advisable to have an author website, yes, but the most important thing is probably to write another book. It’s very difficult for an indie to succeed with just one book. Good luck with it all and do keep in touch over the next few days!

  2. I am currently writing my first novel and not sure what else I need to be doing while I am writing. I do have a website and have posted a few tips that I have learned along the way but not sure how else to promote the site. Also not sure how to get people to sign up for my mailing list there. I not sure if I need to finish my book first, promote my site to build my email list or start looking for cover designers, editors, etc. I am only about a 1/4 done on my book. I also wanted to start my own business to help out others like me to help them through their road blocks and maybe help them publish or publish for them. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. It might be better on your blog, Cristal, to focus on some aspect of the content of your novel that people might be interested in, rather than the writing tips. There is so much writing information available now and what you want to do is build up a readership that is interested in what you write. regarding the email list, we have a great session lined up with Nick Stephenson: So watch out for that. You might also consider joining the Alliance of Independence Authors: Best of luck with your writing and do connect with other authors they are your best source of information and advice.

  3. Hi:

    I have sold millions of books but as the founder and president of a wholesale company that lasted 30 years. So when I wrote a non-fiction book I thought publishers would lend me an ear. But no, maybe because, as they said, there is a Great Wall between marketing and editorial or because my topic brought out irrational fears (my title is Atheism for Islam) Si am going the Indie route. However, I have following reservations:

    1) Publishers are big marketing machines. Based on their market savvy and experience, they know how a book should be designed and edited for a target market. Why or how chapters must be edited, added or deleted. And yes, they are in a position to determine if a certain book is worth publishing: if it has a potential. Can I find that kind of advice and counsel in Indie circle.

    2) Related to (1) above I heard a comentator on your website encouraging authors to write “good” books. Is it realistic to expect an author to evaluate his or her own book. Traditional publishers assumed the role of “gatekeepers” and even though it “good” meant marketability still as is the case many books went to the dust-bin. Is Indie publishing encouraging proliferation of books that have marginal merit. Would it be a good thing to create editorial and marketing boards in different categories which would assign grades of “good” “fair” “marginal” for a fee?

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