I'm an indie published author. I didn't start out that way. Originally, I published with large and small presses, from 1997 to 2010. Some were better experiences, than others. I’m clocking over 25 years now as a published author, and I’ve run the gamut of publishing options.
In 2010, I created a small publishing company, fully intending to self-publish my work, jumping on the indie train. Soon, I was helping other authors and also publishing their works, too. That venture grew to 70+ authors and publishing over 500 titles in a little over 5 years. Then, in 2015, the publishing industry shifted a bit and I closed that business. I went back to working a day job and kept publishing my own works.
But, the wind was taken out of my sails, so to speak, for a while. A few years ago, I moved more fully into the independent author space, not only publishing my works wide (I don't believe it putting all my eggs into one basket) but also choosing to sell my books directly from my website.
I've tried a couple of different shops and landed on one I love. (This one!) My website and bookstore are now one thing, and you can buy my books in various formats directly from me.
Why would you want to buy direct from me? Here are a couple of reasons:
1) To support a small business—a working published author.
2) When you buy from me, it’s like you are saying, "Hey! I recognize you as a legit business person and I want to help you succeed!"
3) Buying direct cuts out the middleman (all the ebook retailers) and puts a few more cents per book into my pocket, which helps keep my lights on in my house.
I still publish my books wide, in all the major bookstores, because I think it’s the right thing to do. I also love being in control of my content and creating direct sales relationships with readers.
But what's in it for readers? Here's what:
1) Buying direct puts readers in direct contact with me and my newsletter. Subscribers get my news and book deals first. Subscribers get perks!
2) When readers purchase from me, there are additional opportunities for savings—sales, discount codes, bundles, and other exclusive content. The newsletter spreads the news.
Sounds like a WIN-WIN for you, and for me. 😁 Why don't you hop over to the bookstore now and check it out?