I’ve been seeing a trend over the past couple of years (maybe longer) where self-published authors are beginning to cast away the title “self-published” in favor of “independently published author,” or “indie author.”
I love the title “independently published author.”
Now, this isn’t to say I’m opposed to the term “self-published.” In fact, I use this word in the title of one of my books: The Essential Self-Publishing Guide: How to Publish Your Book On Any Budget! Now, the reason I use “self-publishing” in the title is because I want to be able to get the book into the hands of people who are looking for the information I provide. Within the book, however, I go on to use the term “independent publishing” and to further encourage the use of that term.
So, is there really a difference between “self-published” and “independently published?” Yes and no. For most of us, I think the “self” in “self-published” is a little misleading. No one really publishes a book alone.
Writing the first draft of your book is usually a solitary endeavor, but after that, your book will likely wind up in the hands of numerous people before it is published. From beta readers to editors to proofreaders to cover artists, there are many people who will help you on your publishing journey.
There’s an entire village of people available to help you along the way. Self-publishing isn’t about doing everything yourself. No, not at all. If you’re
self-publishing publishing independently, it means you’re in charge of the process. You choose your team. You keep your royalties. You’re the boss of your own business.
As an independently published author, I have enlisted the help of dozens of people in order to get my books published. I have also had the pleasure of being part of many publishing teams as a beta reader, critique partner, or editor.
If you’re a writer who is working toward publishing a book (whether traditionally or independently), the best thing you can do is to network with other writers. You can join a local critique group, or join one of the thousands of groups on Facebook. Reach out. You don’t have to write – or publish – alone!
Check out my Author Resources page to find of list of promotional sites and other helpful places where writers can go to find help.