Why Indie Publishing Matters, Or Shaken, Not Stirred …by Susan Lute

While the new Janes are getting organized, I thought I’d slip in the back door, and tell you all the exciting news since my last 82022664-C11-002post. The one thing we know about publishing today is that nothing stays the same, and since I’ve had some time to surf the net, and blogs. There is one question that pops into my brain over and over again. Why does Indie publishing matter?

There are lots of reasons to indie publish a book, most of them discussed at one time or another on this blog. But we’ve never answered the question of why it matters? I don’t want you to think I’m casting stones. That is not my intent, only that I want to make an observation.

I was reading a post this morning, by Jaimie Brazil at Windtree Press, The Rejection Collection – Set Yourself Free. Jamie answered in part why indie books matter. For many years the New York publishing machine has owned the industry. They decided who’s voice readers would want to buy and read. And perhaps they did have the inside tract on that phenomena, but they weren’t right one-hundred percent, or even eighty or ninety percent of the time.

There are so many talented storytellers writing in their solitary offices, or local coffee shops that never make ‘the cut’. That’s why indie publishing and books matter. Besides the fact that it teaches an author about the practical aspects of publishing a novel, it gives voice to all those exceptional writers who wouldn’t otherwise see their stories in print.

V16 Falling For A Hero 800x1200For a long time indie published books have been considered the bastard stepchild to traditional publishing, and it was said, only the most unpublishable authors resorted to publishing their novels in that venue. That was never true, but today it’s the furthest thing from the truth, and I predict it won’t be much longer until indie and traditionally published books hold hands as full-blooded sisters and brothers in an industry that will respect an author not only for the story he or she tells, but also for the venue in which it’s published. Logo

So my journey continues with a new release and a new venture. New at Amazon and BN, and coming soon to Windtree Press and Kobo, is Falling For A Hero, The Anthology; A Girl Named Jane and Jane’s Long March Home under one new, but familiar cover. And this week Crazy Hair Publishing, an online indie book site for my novels, went live. As always, it has been a labor of love.

Thanks for staying with me on this journey. Until next time, I’ll have mine shaken, not stirred, thank you very much.


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Posted on September 8, 2013, in General and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Congrats, Su! So glad to see A Girl Named Jane and Jane’s Long March Home packaged together! Also love the CrazyHairPublishing site! As Maggie said, I see great things in your writing future. 🙂


  2. For me the reason for indie publishing remains “to give voice to those who would be squashed.” Whenever there is a single gatekeeper (or in the case of NY 5 gatekeepers), there are many stories that don’t fit the mold. The cross-genre story, the story with a small niche market, the story that is a little too safe or a little too edgy for what the marketing people think will sell.

    I am soooo happy indie publishing is coming back into its own. I say back because there was a time, not long ago, when it was the norm. Who are the great indie published authors of the past? Twain, Baum, Proust, Thoreau, Hemingway, Shaw. Even the most famous grammar book of all time, The Elements of Style, by Strunk was originally self-published. Self-publishing was also a haven for feminist voices that did not fit the norm: Margaret Atwood, Virginia Wolf, Anais Nin, Gertrude Stein, Irma Rombauer. At the turn of the 20th century it was the norm to self-publish first then, if it sold well, a commercial publisher would pick it up. Only those who were celebrities, well-known authors, politicians were easily picked up by commercial publishers. Sound familiar?

    Love your Crazy Hair Publishing site. Well done! Love your new directions and that you are getting out to more markets. That is so important. Keep at it, Su! And keep writing. I see amazing things in your future.


  3. This is so super fantastic, Su!


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