Why is it in the book/publishing business that if you are independent than you aren’t professional?
Independent movies are made all the time. No one frowns on them. They’ve launched many a successful film career.
There are people saying that big house publishers will soon be looking to see if authors have had any independent publishing success before signing them.
That makes sense. So many other places do that.
Independent publishing is not unequal to traditional publishing options ie. signing with a big name publisher and hoping your book sells a few thousand. At least so you can get a little more than your advance.
Independent publishing is better likened to the little sister of traditional publishing. The little sister has to work a little harder to get out of big sister’s shadow. She has to be different. Edgier and more aggressive. She has to try things that big sister wouldn’t have dared. She has to embrace the new wave.
She isn’t her big sister. People make the mistake of calling them the same name. People make the mistake of comparing them. Both of those are wrong.
Independent publishing, especially electronically, is still in it’s infancny. We are the early adopters. We are the pioneers. We are on the forefront of the new success. Traditional success isn’t there yet. Few are making thousands of dollars, almost no one is making a living yet.
As technology moves forward and catches up, little sister will equal or surpass her big sister. Independent publishers and authors will be successful.