Here is a step-by-step guide to indie publishing from people who have been there and done all that. Yep, that’s right, The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing is a fabulous tool for creators who are toying with the idea of going the self-publishing route, it is a step-by-step guide to publishing your independent book, with each article written by an experienced authority from the independent world. The book includes an index and glossary to help aspiring authors and publishers along the way.
In its own way, the book appears to be the ideal project for the Kickstarter spirit. At its core, Kickstarter is about putting control into the hands of the consumer. Fans fund the projects that they want to see come to fruition. The independent publishing follows that same ideal. Indie publishing puts the power of content creation in the hands of the creators. While The Indie Guide to Indie Publishing cannot prescribe commercial success, it can make the ins-and-outs of formatting, distribution, and marketing less of a mystery.
This book will have:
- Nine writers with extensive experience publishing and promoting independent work.
- An alphabetical glossary of terms needed to know for publishing success.
- An index for quick reference and trouble-shooting.
- A list of useful resources and references for further research.
The Writers are comprised of the following talents:
Blake Northcott: Blake rocked the Kindle Bestseller lists with her 2011 debut, Vs. Reality. Since then, she has appeared at Stan Lee’s Comikaze; been endorsed by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted). She then published a sequel to Vs. Reality, entitled Relapse; and had a Kickstarter project 543% funded. Then she started her own publishing company; and become a regular writer for the CBS Mancave.
Amy Leigh Strickland: Amy is a teacher, author, and the Chief Web Officer at Matter Deep Publishing. She graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in Performing Arts. Her first novel, Olympia Heights: The Pantheon was published in 2011. Amy has since penned and published five novels and contributed to several other indie projects as an editor, contributing author, and marketer.
JL Bryan: JL Bryan is best known for Jenny Pox, the first novel in the series The Paranormals. He was lucky enough this year to make the transition to full-time writer with the success of his Paranormals and Songs of Magic series. JL has studied English Literature at the University of Georgia and Oxford, and also studied screenwriting at UCLA. His books are raved about on Amazon with hundreds of reviews to date, and he is a favorite author on a number of popular book blogs.
Kiri Callaghan: Kiri is a self-described bard — that is to say a writer, actor, director, and singer. She is the author of Funeral Potatoes, Into the Dust, and the upcoming Alys. In addition to her independent writing, Kiri is a contributor to a number of blogs including Wit & Whimsy, Nerds in Babeland, and Geek Vs Life.
Dave Wheeler: Dave Wheeler is a sequential artist and graphic designer. Dave is best known for co-founding the kid friendly comic company Mind Wave Comics and their diverse series: The Misadventures of Wonderboy, The Bolt Strikes, and Totem. Dave is a regular at comic conventions across the country.
Carly Strickland: Carly is an illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2011, Carly graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration. Carly has illustrated and independently published three picture books; Sunshine’s Night Out, Awesome Like a Possum, and Mothership Goose. Most notably, Carly designed the interior layout for the 2012 Kickstarter project The Incognito Project.
Bobby Nash: Bobby writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to novels, comics, short fiction, and screenplays. In 2013 he won the Pulp Ark award for Best Author. Nash co-hosts the Earth Station One podcast and travels to fan conventions when he’s not writing.
Teal Haviland: Teal is a mother and writer from Tennessee, she was offered a traditional publishing contract for her series, but turned it down after the publisher selected a cover art that would have misrepresented her work to the readers. Her first novel, Inception, The Reaping Chronicles #1, was nominated for and won a UtopYA award for Best Debut Novel 2013.
Kyle Strickland: Kyle is the author of Say No to Sparkles, an anthology of short vampire stories. He earned his Bachelor’s in Professional Writing from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. During the day, Kyle writes for a bank, but by night, he is the chief editor at Matter Deep Publishing and has edited over a dozen projects in publication. Kyle is working hard on his novel debut, Mars 1, expected in early 2014.
The majority of the budget for this project will go towards paying the writers for their individual contributions. Another large portion will go to paying for the cover art and the interior layout as well as other production costs, and other assorted fees. Backers who pledge $15 or more to this project and then selecting a reward package containing the paperback will get a copy shipped to them free of charge. As all of the writers are very busy people, the group has built extra padding into the timeline in order to give everyone plenty of time to write and edit their respective articles.
They also plan on using Createspace for print-on-demand production, which seemed like an appropriate choice for this project, which will help minimize the cost and risk involved with producing the book. The group acknowledges that with a project with this many creators, organization and book-keeping will be their biggest challenge. However, they do promise to keep in frequent contact with their writers to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that all deadlines are met.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.