Legacy, Self-Publishing, and the Indie Author

If you follow the podcasting world then you’ve likely heard the term “New Media” once or twice by now. New Media is a term that describes, essentially, internet video and audio. Television and radio are Old Media now, titans of a day gone by. That’s not to say that, like the Titans of old, they’ll be cut down by their children and be replaced and essentially forgottenĀ (besides, that doesn’t work in this case because Old and New Media aren’t related in such a way). Much like Old Media, for now, is here to stay, New Media isn’t going away any time soon. So what do Old and New Media have to do with publishing? It’s the exact same thing that’s happening now with legacy publishing and self-publishing that you’re seeing on the Kindle, nook, iOS devices, and a variety of other, smaller, dedicated ereaders and similar devices. It used to be that self-publishing was something that was almost entirely reserved for those who fell into a few categories: Those who didn’t have the chops to make it in the traditional print publishing world; or Those who were met with endless rejections and wouldn’t take no for an answer; or Those who wanted to see their name on a book (often times quality be damned), or some combination thereof. There are other reasons, of course, that may not fall into that very narrow list, but the majority used to fall nicely into one of those categories. For those who opted for the self-publishing route (vanity press aside), it was almost a guaranteed loss. There are very few people who have...

Welcome to this indie writer’s home!

This is going to become the post that no one ever sees, but since one needs to start somewhere, this here we are. This site is a work-in-progress right now, and rather than go through the hassle of setting up some sort of landing page type of website which in turn blasts you out into a new tab (or window) to the blog (which is actually what you want to read), I figured I’d make the blog the landing page and let everything else link off of it. If you came here looking for something other than the blog, and also somehow ended up reading this post, then please accept my apologies and start clicking around until you find whatever it is you’re looking for. For the rest of you, I’ll be updating this periodically as I begin my journey of self-publishing in the Kindle, nook, and iBooks world that so many have done before me. It’s a brave new world out there and this is an exciting time for writers, if not a little scary. While established guys like JA Konrath and Barry Eisler seem to have a good grasp on epublishing, us indie folks you’ve never heard of are learning by bruising our knuckles (and by reading how others have done things so we don’t have to make the same mistake — thanks!). For now, I’m actually in the middle of editing one manuscript (though a few others await) and looking into getting artwork done, possibly hiring a professional editor (and/or reader), and considering the myriad questions and problems that are bound to arise as I stumble...