My best friend Rhonda Kay and Dennis Moore founded this project, which I wholeheartedly endorse:
The Independent Author Project http://independentauthorproject.com/ is a hands-on, proactive movement started by independent writers who have simply had all they can take of traditional publishing. It’s our goal to join forces with other independents and make being an author fun again, rewarding, and yes—even profitable. We intend to do more than talk about the challenges we face as indie authors. We intend to overcome them.
New York’s “Big Six” domination as well as Amazon’s new indie-unfriendly policies have made it seem there is little any of us indies can do to achieve our goals as authors. Many of us are frustrated, disenfranchised, and ready to give up. But as a united front, we can act instead of react. Within a broad circle of independent authors, we can find all the skills and services needed to facilitate the successful editing, review, printing, e-publishing, marketing, and sale of our books.
The Indie Author Project hopes to build an infrastructure that supports and empowers independent authors, meaning that some day every need an indie author has can be “outsourced” within the community. Each of us has unique experiences, skills, and resources we can bring to the table. The best outcome we could hope for is true independence from corporate greed and ruthlessness within an industry that has lost sight of the reasons people read books in the first place.
Where do we start? One idea is to form a solid network of interconnected author blogs that spans the globe. Additionally, we can sell our own products from these blogs (allowing us to retain 100% of our own profits,) develop a reliable system of rating and review, cross-promote each others’ products, and those with the ability can provide services like (or information about) marketing, promotion, and even the actual printing and binding of books.
This infrastructure is not in place. . .yet. But that’s the purpose of this group. It will take time. There are no overnight solutions. Still, with so many of us working together toward a common goal, surely we can make the publishing world a more indie-friendly place.
The purpose of the IAP is to help us all work together, not to become perfect individually. Input is always welcome. Please contact Rhonda Kay through private message or at this external email address: firstname.lastname@example.org