I’ve been pondering lately about indie versus traditionally published books. I realized that prior to becoming an author seven years ago, all the books I read were in the latter category. Which I suppose makes sense because I didn’t even know the self-publishing world existed until I looked into it. And because I’m surrounded by mostly indie authors now (online of course!), I find myself gravitating toward indie books, both as a way to support them and for research purposes (since we share many of the same readers).
I have a couple of general thoughts about indie versus traditional books; you could call them pros versus cons. Take these for example:
Indie pros: usually less expensive; books in a series are typically released more quickly; there are more short story or novella-length books available
Indie cons: the covers are not as unique (ie. the same image can be found on multiple books); there may be some typos or grammatical errors
Traditional pros: book covers are one of a kind; books may be available in multiple languages and formats
Traditional cons: usually more expensive; books are released less frequently
As an author, I do appreciate that both avenues are available for me to pursue. I am curious, though, to know your thoughts and preferences as a reader. For example:
- Do you read more indie or traditional Christian Contemporary Romance?
- What are your thoughts about the writing quality of indie CCR versus traditional CCR?
- What has been your experience connecting and interacting with indie CCR authors compared to traditional CCR authors?
Please comment below with as much information as you’d like to share! I look forward to hearing from you!
Giveaway: I’d like to give away a digital ARC of my upcoming book Retying the Knot. Two winners will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Friday, May 21st.