Because I’ve been both indie and trad, I’ve blogged this topic a few times but it always comes out fresh. I love every single aspect of my new business—writing, marketing, formatting, conceptualizing, accounting, networking—but you might not.
So maybe I can encourage you or scare you away, whichever makes you happiest. Because happiness is more important than book deals.
- You are boss. The mad scientist in your own lab, cooking up your Frankenstein monster. And you always get the creature you deserve.
- You keep all gross proceeds. Actually, you will be spending it on business investments, but instead of receiving 4 to 15 percent of list price, you will be earning 35 to 70 percent on ebooks and probably 25 percent on paper books.
- You choose the cover, genre, and overall presentation based on your understanding of your core audience.
- You have control of your content and can react quickly in a rapidly evolving landscape, without worrying about what’s best for corporate shareholders or a larger structure, only what’s best for you and your products.
- You write whatever you want.
- You are boss, but would you really hire yourself if you had to apply for the job?
- A hundred percent of nothing is still nothing.
- You may not understand your audience at all, or you may have no audience.
- You’re stuck with your content because no one wants it or buys into it.
- You may suck and never know it.
More about Scott:
He’s also a freelance editor and runs http://www.hauntedcomputer.com.