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What Makes an Indie Author?
The Alliance of Independent Authors defines an indie author as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry books who self-publishes their own work and retains and controls their own publishing rights.
But more than this usual definition, did you know that an indie author is made up of so much more? If you’re an indie author like me, I’m sure you’ll find this relatable.
Here’s an Infographic I made on the anatomy of an indie author:
Anatomy of an Indie Author
Passion for Writing: At the core of every indie author is a deep passion for writing. They write because they love storytelling and expressing their ideas through words.
Creativity: Indie authors are creative thinkers who craft unique stories, characters, and worlds. They often experiment with different genres and writing styles.
Independence: As the name suggests, independence is key. Indie authors choose to self-publish their work, maintaining full control over their creative process, cover design, and publishing decisions.
Self-Discipline: Indie authors are highly self-disciplined. They set their own writing schedules, meet deadlines, and manage their projects from start to finish.
Continuing Learner: Strong writing skills are essential. Indie authors continually work on improving their writing, including grammar, style, and storytelling techniques.
Editing and Proofreading: They recognize the importance of professional editing and proofreading to ensure their work is polished and error-free.
Cover Design: Indie authors often collaborate with designers or learn cover design themselves to create eye-catching book covers that appeal to their target audience.
Self-Publishing: Understanding the self-publishing process, including formatting, eBook conversion, and distribution, is crucial for indie authors.
Marketing: Indie authors are also marketers. They promote their books through various channels, such as social media, author websites, newsletters, and book promotions.
Adaptability: The publishing industry is constantly evolving. Indie authors must stay adaptable and open to new trends and technologies in self-publishing and book marketing.
Financial Investment: Indie authors invest in their writing careers, covering costs for editing, cover design, marketing, and more, with the hope of recouping expenses through book sales.
Long-term Vision: Many indie authors have a long-term vision for their writing careers, aiming to build a catalog of books and establish themselves as reputable authors.are
Success in indie publishing often requires persistence. Indie authors may face rejection and slow progress but persevere in their writing journey.
They engage with readers and fellow authors in writing communities and on platforms like Goodreads and Wattpad, building a loyal fan base.
They also actively seek and value reader reviews and feedback to improve their writing and connect with their audience.
In essence, an indie author is a writer who embraces independence, creativity, and entrepreneurship, taking charge of their literary destiny and sharing their stories with the world through self-publishing, without needing a big company to help them. They work hard, learn a lot, and hope to be successful in the long run.
What Do You Think of the Anatomy of an Indie Author?
If you’re an indie author, do you relate with these descriptions? Or do you feel I missed something else?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Getting to Know Pinoy Indie Authors
I truly feel Pinoy (Filipino) Indie Authors are underrated and, most times, under appreciated. In support, I am resuming my interviews with Pinoy Indie Authors.
If you’re a Filipino indie author or writer, come join us! You’re welcome — whether you write in English, Taglish, or Tagalog. We’re all in this together!