Well, I suppose this is my official announcement. Before when I talked about publishing I was wishy-washy. I said I was thinking of indie publishing but still considering traditional. (Sorry folks, I'm not saying legacy. I like traditional better. =P) But given the emails I've been sending lately and the people I've been talking to, I might as well admit it.
I'm going indie.
I can already hear the nay-sayers bemoaning my mistakes and the hardcore indies rejoicing. Both of you need to hold up. My reasons for going indie aren't as black and white as you might think. I am not an either/or person on this subject. I see both indie and trad as options. Nothing more, nothing less. Some people will thrive going the indie route and others are content with going trad. It's up to each person to decide. I decided indie.
When I first started looking into publishing I was going to go trad. I hadn't even known indie existed! But as I learned more, indie started to appeal to me. I am a do-it-yourself-er. While I have no Photoshop (or Gimp) skills, the idea of finding a graphic designer to do my cover art excited me. I wanted to be in control of that and I knew with trad publishing, I would lose that control. I could make suggestions but the final decision was someone else's. Same with the title. I wasn't comfortable with that.
Finding someone to edit was a bit more daunting task - one I wouldn't mind letting an agent handle. But I don't have an agent. I skipped over that. Which a few years ago would have been insane. Hell, a few months ago that probably would have been insane. I still hope to snag an agent one day. If I want my book translated to another language, I will need someone with the connections and knowledge to do that. My hope is by publishing myself, I can prove my stories are something readers want and taking me on as a client isn't an unknown risk.
Of course I am aware I don't need an agent to get a trad publisher. There are plenty of small presses that take on writers without agents. But again, the lack of control over certain aspects, uncertainty about advances and time is what kept me from going trad with a smaller publisher. Time the biggest reason. I am sorry but I don't have the patience to wait. I don't want to. Yes, I know I could be writing my next story but there's still the fact that I will be waiting. Not just months but years as well. I do this myself and I can get my writing out faster... or as fast as my beta readers get back to me and I rewrite.
All of those reasons are why I chose to go indie but it's up to each writer to weigh the options. Pick what you're comfortable with, the path you want to walk. Indie publishing isn't going to be the death of traditional, not any time soon. Indie is just another tool to get a story into a reader's hands. There is no you or us. I hope by going indie I can help prove that and help raise the standards of writing for indie. We all know some people think it's okay to write a first draft, make a cover with MS Paint and hit publish. It's not. Indie is as serious business as traditional. And that is why I chose to go Indie.