During the month of October, Amazon is celebrating great writing self-published via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), CreateSpace and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). The celebration will include a dedicated Amazon landing page and special features on the KDP social media page celebrating books #PoweredByIndie.
I published dozens of books the “traditional” way with New York via the help of a fantastic, high-power agent. Today, the majority of my work is self-published using tools provided by Amazon and others.
Currently, I have 65 KDP titles either already published or ready to release. Ten of these titles are available via CreateSpace, including three scripts and two piano-vocal scores. Also, I’ve published five audio books released via ACX with 7 more in production.
Here’s an example. New Choices released in hardcover in Fall 1999, sold extremely well, and was later released in a soft cover edition in 2001. But it went out of print about 10 years ago, yet “used” copies remained in demand. So . . .
As an Indie author, the answer to me was simple. Release a new edition but this time make it even more available. The new, larger-format 2016 edition released last week, with the Kindle version NOW RELEASED HERE! and I’ll be “voicing” the book for the audio version through ACX, as well.
I Love Being Indie Because . . .
I love being indie (or maybe more accurately, a “hybrid”) author. That gives me freedom to create and distribute work quickly and with flexibility to my pet-centric audience. I get to choose–or ask my readers for input–about covers, titles, and content. It’s a new partnership, no longer ruled by an unknown committee. I partner with my choice of editors, designers, and others to best serve readers who depend on me for accurate and entertaining content.
Timing Is Everything
As a nonfiction author of prescriptive pet books, I was frustrated by how long it took to get the latest information to readers. 18 MONTHS OR MORE, are you KIDDING ME? Updates were impossible, when new information was discovered or old info discredited.
Today, that’s changed. I can release books when I want. I’m able to distribute my books how I want. I can decide what platforms to use. With my Cat Facts and Dog Facts book, I’m even releasing them one chapter at a time.
With pets (and hence, pet books), something new always pokes its cold, inquisitive nose over the horizon–or into your armpit, LOL! Self-publishing allows me to include the latest greatest nonfiction breakthroughs, and bring back out-of-print favorite titles for a brand new audience to discover. Oh, and it allows me to experiment with work that causes traditional publishers to turn tail and run.
Amazon Self-Publishing for Fur-ocious Fiction-ing
As a hybrid author #PoweredByIndie I finally got to write the stories I’d always wanted to read. I’m now able to create innovative works of fiction my readers love. I’ve even garnered fantastic endorsements from best-selling authors.
All this, for stories “New York” publishers would probably never have offered a chance. And as a self-published author working with ACX, I get to choose who “voices” my stories, hold auditions for VO artists, or even produce audio books myself in my home studio. Can you say, “author-preneur?”
Yes, my THRILLERS WITH BITE include a service dog viewpoint character. My Lei Crime Kindle Worlds novella BORN TO LOVE features the viewpoint of a puppy-police-dog-in-training. Did you even KNOW about the opportunities offered by Kindle Worlds for writer? Mee-wow & arooooo, who’d-a-thunk-it?
What about you? Are you an “indie” author or a reader that appreciates this brave new world? Don’t forget to check out all the great titles this month on the Amazon landing page (let me know if you find one or more of my books there, too!).
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