Though I haven't been around the blogosphere much lately, I've noticed that quite a few of the writing bloggers who got started around the same time as Erica and me have gone indie.
I'm so intrigued.
And so impressed.
And yet I'm wondering if it's worth it. (For me.)
I know that the novel I'm working on right now will be queried. I'll try to get it an agent who will try to get it a publisher who will try to find it many readers.
I can't help but wonder.
I quit a better paying job last summer to take a (much) lower-income job doing the same thing (teaching). I'm closer to home. I'm literally with my family (I teach at their school). I teach my faith (It's a Catholic school--hence less pay.) I'm happier. So I would love to make money writing.
This leads my wondering mind to wondering whether selling fewer copies indie (not that that's always the case) because I feel like I'd reach fewer people (I'm nowhere near the business woman I'd need to be --yet--to sell big) would make more money than giving away a larger percentage of money to all the people who take a cut for traditional publishing.
(It kind of drives me crazy to think that I would make a teensy tiny itsy miniscule amount of money for a book that I spent hours on.)
I'm wondering if I'd have what it took to put the time into researching and creating and dreaming and everything else to self-pub and self-market completely solo. Or would it be worth it to pay someone else to do some of that for me? Would it make more sense for me to focus on the writing part and pay someone to save me time?
I think I'd LOVE to make my own cover art and do the formatting and create swag and a new web page and ALL of that, but I also know that that would take me SO much time. And, I can be honest with myself, I don't have that. I am a mom with three kids whose teaching job takes all my school year time and a lot of my summer time, plus I try to run/workout on a daily basis and I can barely squeeze in an hour a day to WRITE much less do anything else. Even now I'm taking 20 min (ish) to write this post and that's out of novel-writing time. (My baby is napping and I'm sure he'll wake up any minute. Then it's off to pick up the dog from the groomer, pick up the ceramics we made at THE FIRE, off to finish packing up the classroom and THEN to the zoo since I just promised my older kids. And there's t-ball tonight.)
But I'd love to make it all mine. I'd love to get up in the morning and hop online and see how my book is selling and being rated and to collect some extra money (since I want to buy a travel trailer and a permanent camping site and hubby says no unless I get a second job--hey, hey, writing!)
Help me out. What are your plans for your writing? What have you done already? Most importantly, WHY? Why did you/didn't you/won't you/will you go indie?
I love the idea of selling indie novellas. To see what happens.
Maybe some day.
For now, Erica and I will put finishing revisions and edits on our co-novel (we had to take a break from it to get to the end of the school year) and we will query it. I will get farther than the 12k I'm at on my latest WIP.
But I'll continue to research and stalk you all and consider.
Hopefully we'll have a post or two here along the way as well.
We'll visit you!