Within the Indie Author Hub, you can learn about other authors, their thoughts and opinions, what makes them tick and how their writing process works for them.
All this week I will be releasing segments of an interview I conducted with fellow fantasy author, Kat Yares. Have a look at her profile and books here.
Part 2 : Kat’s thoughts on the publishing world
How did you publish yourself? When I first started out, my short stories were always published traditionally either by print magazine or later online webzines. The four books I have out are published by myself and are available anywhere print and eBooks are sold. I decided to publish independently because of the ease of it, the money issue and the want (need) to be in control all influenced my decision. I have long held the idea of why pay others for something you can do yourself. With distributors now, like CreateSpace, KDP, Smashwords, etc), needing a publisher that took the major share of the profits no longer seemed like a good idea.
Do you think Indie Authors are looked down on by their traditionally published colleagues? I think it is still very prevalent, both from those already traditionally published and those that want to be with one of the big houses. I read comments daily from TP authors who say they would never lower themselves to self-publishing. I also know a good many that are working the hybrid model and others that have turned their backs on traditional publishing all together.
What do you think the future of publishing will be? I don’t think print books are going to go away. Although I love my Kindle, I still love to pick up and read a book on paper, whether that be hardback or paperback. My personal library will attest to that – with over 5,000 books and at least a couple added to that number every month.
Is there a place for the traditional publisher anymore? I don’t think they are going away either. Too many author egos need to be fed by getting past the gatekeepers of traditional big house publishers. I do think traditional publishers are going to have to change the way they do business to stay alive in this ever changing marketplace though.
Is it necessary for Authors to have an agent these days? If an author wants to get into the big houses, then yes, an agent will be a necessary evil. I do not believe they are needed for the Indie author at all. Those agents that are now assisting in self-publishing are, in my own humble opinion, only there to garner their 15 percent of the sales for the authors they represent.
What would you do if an agent asked to work with you? I would, most likely, politely decline.
What could an agent bring to the pot that could help you as an author? These days, I really don’t think an agent brings much of anything to the table for Indie author. While agents do try to get the author a traditional publishing deal, the 10 – 15 percent of what the author receives leaves less money in the writer’s pockets. And since traditional publishing is expecting as much out of their writers, i.e., marketing, promotion, etc., I just do not see the need for either. At least, not for myself.
What’s your top tip for aspiring authors? Write from the heart, money will follow.