Due to a slip in a publishing release date, today’s blog has been reschedule for next year. I asked indie author Polly Iyer to fill in today. Welcome back, Polly! --E. B. Davis
Polly: Thanks, Elaine. I asked a few of my indie friends from all over the world what they like most and least about being an indie author. To a person, Control and Freedom were the big Likes, as you’ll see mentioned below. The support and friendship of the indie community was a biggie. Hear, hear! One of the biggest downsides: the vultures who prey on indie authors with promises of greater success they really can’t deliver while padding their pockets to “help” us. Also, the lack of respect given to indie authors. Some of the pluses were also negatives. I tried, not always succeeding, to keep answers to two lines and focusing on some unusual elements.
ELLIS VIDLER www.amazon.com/author/ellisvidlerMost: Control Least: Lack of respect
CARMEN DeSOUSA – www.amazon.com/carmendesousa/e/B006PWOO2W Most: I can write what I want. Least: I don't ALWAYS want control: There's no one to keep me on track.
EM KAPLAN - http://www.amazon.com/author/emkaplan Most: Creative freedom on the cover, plot, blurb, release date, genre. Least: The marketing learning curve.
MARILYNN LAREW - http://www.amazon.com/Marilynn-Larew/e/B00V7NLVS4 Most: Control. Least: Having to do all the heavy-lifting marketing.
AARON PAUL LAZAR www.amazon.com/Aaron-Paul-Lazar/e/B001JOZR2MMost: Choosing my own titles, cover art, and marketing strategies. Least: So far, no downside.
SUSAN SCHREYER - http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Schreyer/e/B004CLPMUG Most: The lack of pressure to break out of mid-list territory. Least: Finding my own way, without guidelines. The cottage industry of businesses promising success if you pay them big bucks.
KERRY DONOVAN - http://www.amazon.com/Kerry-J-Donovan/e/B00CR35Q4S Most: Retaining more of my royalty cheque. Least: Having to do all from cover design to promotion.
LAURIE BORIS - http://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Boris/e/B005I551QA Most: Flexibility to respond to the market, choose opportunities, Least? Ponying up the marketing budget.
T.J. SHORTT - http://www.amazon.com/TJ-Shortt/e/B0106JKQWQ Most: Freedom to choose the number of books I write and release in a year. Least: Marketing.
JINX SCHWARTZ Most: Freedom! I write what I want, when I want. Least: All that freedom. You have to really work at staying focused. Social media distraction.
DAVID WIND Most: To write what moves me. Least: Time for PR; Finding the best editor and cover illustrator, etc. Biggest downside is the time spent not writing!
JACKIE WEGER - http://www.amazon.com/Jackie-Weger/e/B001JS2M62 Most: Indie author networking. Least: 1. The indie who balks at learning our industry, gathers misinformation and spreads it. 2. Those with a sense of entitlement to reviews and sales. 3. Unsavory promoters.
FLORENCE OSMOND – http://www.amazon.com/author/florenceosmund Most: The control over content, timing, pricing, title and covers. Least: That’s easy—time spent marketing.
EILEEN HAMER - www.amazon.com/Eileen-Hamer/e/B0169VI3Q6 Most: Not writing to someone else's timetable. Least: Not having that supportive relationship with a good agent/ editor. Worrying about covers and publicity. Not making much money.
GEOFFREY MEHL - https://www.facebook.com/Geoffrey-Mehl-1456580037997105
Most: Incorporating my artistic skills as well as evolving technologies. Least: Marketing. The flood of new work overwhelms market value and smothers recognition opportunities.
JULIE FRAYN - http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Frayn/e/B00BH47C3G Most: Pricing, promos, product changes. Least: Finding promo sites with the highest ROI, and that often isn't recouped.
JUDITH MEHL - http://www.amazon.com/Judith-Mehl/e/B008EL9GKC Best: No deadlines. It allows the creative juices to flow. Least: No deadlines. Nothing to force the writing.
RICH MEYER www.amazon.com/Rich-Meyer/e/B004HV1GTM Least: The stigma associated with the "indie" label, because of a lack of due diligence by new writers. "Real" publishers scamming indies with outlandish, PublishAmerica-esque "opportunities".
SARAH MALLERY - Most: Tracking sales. Changing and updating. Punctual royalty deposits. Least: Promoting. Getting into libraries and big bookstores.
CINDY BLACKBURN - www.amazon.com/Cindy-Blackburn/e/B009DF79L6 Most: Indie means truly self-employed. Least: Indie still carries a stigma that I'm not a "real" author.
MARY D. BROOKS - http://www.amazon.com/Mary-D.-Brooks/e/B00347V9TW Most: The freedom and control. Least: Marketing. Suck it up, learn all you can and just do it.
SHARON WOODS HOPKINS - http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Woods-Hopkins/e/B005T67VX4 Most: Artistic control. Least: Print books unavailable to same outlets as trad published authors.
BILL HOPKINS - http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Hopkins/e/B008XM8L7G Most: I can set my own publication schedule and my own promotion schemes. Least: No “like leasts” yet.
BRONWYN ELSMORE - Most: Following my own feelings about my stories. Least: Details of publishing, marketing and selling.
WENDY DELANEY - Most: I’m my own boss. Least: The “boss” is more of a taskmaster than I thought she’d be.
DV BERKHOM - Most: Success is 95% on me. Support and friendship of the indie community. Least: The stigma of going it alone.
EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI - http://www.amazon.com/author/effrosyni Most: Flexibility from cover to editor to launch. Least: Time it takes to learn new approaches and tips to marketing.
LESLIE ANN SARTOR - Most: Writing my story my way in my time frame. Least: The lingering sense that indie writers are respected less.
MICHELE DRIER - http://www.amazon.com/Michele-Drier/e/B005D2YC8GMost: Publishing on my schedule. Least: Marketing, library appearances, book festivals and group readings.
R.P. DAHLKE - www.amazon.com/RP-Dahlke/e/B004S2NJFOMost: Freedom to write with no pressure to produce for a publisher--I'm my own pressure pusher! Least: Nothing I don't like.
DIANA HURWITZ - www.amazon.com/Diana-Hurwitz/e/B002BOC3HQMost: The creativity to envision a final product and see it brought to life. Least: Self-promotion.
PEG BRANTLEY: www.amazon.com/Peg-Brantley/e/B007P35GWW Most: Autonomy. Least: Autonomy
DONNA WHITE GLASER: www.amazon.com/Donna-White-Glaser/e/B004TUBBLE Most: Agility and flexibility to adapt to changes. Least: constant struggle for visibility
Polly Iyer is the Kindle bestselling author of eight suspense/thriller novels: Hooked, InSight, Murder Déjà Vu, Threads, the Kindle Scout winner, Indiscretion, and three books in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series: Mind Games, Goddess of the Moon, and Backlash. Her books contain adult language and situations with characters who sometimes tread ethical lines. She grew up on the Massachusetts coast and studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She lives in South Carolina. Learn more about her at http://PollyIyer.com and feel free to email her at PollyIyer at gmail dot com. She loves to hear from her readers.