I got the first look of disdain for choosing Indie Publishing today. Four days post first publication. I'm trying my damnedest not to let it get to me. Honestly. This person hasn't really been in my life for years, and this person was never really that supportive when we worked together in high school. Unless it benefited her/him.
So, to be completely open since I'm not ashamed of the route I'm taking, I'm going to explain why I chose the Indie Publishing Route. I know I like to take the Mary Poppins route and never explain anything about myself (more people should take that route), but there is a logical reason, and I want to clear up any questions people might have. There's really only one reason I chose it.
Publishers scare the stuffing out of me.
It probably sounds ridiculous, but I had to deal with so much naysaying when I was in college about the kind of stories I write (I write for the masses. Deal with it), and I didn't want to go through another go-round when I got into the real world. I didn't want to take this book that I spent a year working through (characters, planning, and actual writing. I hope subsequent books don't take nearly as long) and just have someone ship it back to me with a mass-produced letter that said 'No.' I know that someone could have been like "It's fantastic! I want to publish it! Give Ms. Rebekah Martin the Standard 'Rich and Famous' Contract!" (Brownie points for the reference) followed by awards and accolades, but I'm a bit cynical and a bit of a realist when it comes to things like that (Jim Henson didn't prepare me for that. College had to do the dirty work there).
I also have done my research. Publishers nowadays expect the manuscript to be perfectly edited by the time they edit it, and if they want to publish it, they just print it. You may or may not get marketing for your book. You might get popular, you might not. It's a craps shoot. Several independent authors have done very well for themselves. Since they're not waiting on publishers to give them the go-ahead, they're able to continue to produce work (the good ones go through and meticulously edit so that their work is quality), and market their books without a middle-man, and most of the profit goes directly to them.
When I made the decision to independently publish my book, I went on amazon to look for any how-to books (I'm nothing if not a planner). I bought two. The first is "How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months" by John Locke, which I didn't care for. I got about halfway through it when I started (MONTHS ago. I should really read it again), but his tone wasn't what I was looking for. He kept talking about how you don't have to be a great writer to be successful (It's true. I'm looking at YOU, Stephenie Meyer!), but you just need to know how to sell yourself (sounds dirty). His tone was very cocky and I realize he has a right to it, as he sold a million books in 5 months (Hello, Student Loans!), but it was a little off-putting.
The second book I bought (Recommended because I bought the previous book) is by someone I could relate to. A young girl, about my age, who wanted to write good stories that people enjoy. She writes paranormal romances, and decided after Indie success to write a how-to book on Indie publishing. Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters. I loved this book so much. It was easy to read, sassy, funny, and she gave the best advice while being a little self-deprecating, which I related to. By the time I finished this book, I was so excited to finish my own book that I finished it the following Sunday. I actually felt like being a working author/writer was within my grasp when I read her book. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is looking to get into publishing.
Another thing I loved about her is that she is ALL self-publishing. John Locke is not. Zoe built her business by herself. She does everything except beta reading (testing) herself. I find that fascinating because I'm of the same mind-set. She is her own boss. She has the job I want to get to eventually. And I believe that I can. I believe that it is within my grasp.
I believe my Spy Sisters series is going to be a fun series (of about five books, so far. Maybe I'll get more ideas as the novels progress. I hope so!), and that people will like it. I've made the first step. I wrote and published a story that I love, that hasn't been bastardized by what a publisher thinks people might prefer. This story is all me (with few exceptions because my mother knows more medical procedures and terminology than me. lol). I'm immensely proud of it. I hope you enjoy it.