Friday, August 1, 2014

Ten Reasons I love Indie Publishing

It's no secret that I publish my own work. Some say it's the height of arrogance. Some say it's because it's not good enough to be published by a 'real' publisher. To be honest, I had six titles published by 'real' publishers, before I decided I'd rather go indie, than chase the traditional dream. I also spent eight months researching blogs from independent authors, traditional authors who'd gone independent, or who didn't intend to, publishers, writing industry magazines, agency blogs and pretty much anyone who knew more than I did - and then I decided that independent publishing would suit me better than going forward traditionally. I've spent the last two years feeling my way and I think I'll continue. Here are ten reasons why:

  1. I can write what I love—not what I think the publisher will take;
  2. If it’s good enough, I can guarantee it will be published—because I can choose what of my work I publish, whereas a publisher is governed not only by quality, but their idea of saleability;
  3. I can adjust my publishing deadlines to accommodate twists of fate, life and health—without losing a year or two of sales due to someone else’s schedule;
  4. I can switch genres, and pen names, as I wish—and not be forced to keep the same pen name for genres I don’t want to mix;
  5. I know what I really earned—and not what I was told I earned, without accurate breakdowns to prove it;
  6. I am not forced to discount my books, if I don’t want to—maximising my control of promotions;
  7. I can produce works of longer than 100,000 words—without worrying that the work will be rejected on basis of length alone;
  8. I can guarantee that, when the fifth book of my series is released, the first book of that series will still be available;
  9. If I don’t like the cover, I can change it—I don’t have to accept something I don’t think reflects the story;
  10. I can release my work in less than twelve months after the last edit is complete—and have it in the hands of my readers earlier than traditionally possible.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Books Read in July 2014

I'm still reading my way through my Laurell K. Hamilton collection. Here are the novels I covered this month - bear in mind I've been sick and I had no tutorials to attend, so there was a bit more reading time than usual. I don't think August is going to see quite so much:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Australian Birds - White-Faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

I've seen this little guy around a lot lately, but never had my camera on me. When I finally saw him again, it was on a day when I had a case of "bad camera", but a couple of the shots are worth showing here.

He was feeding in an open storm-water drain,

not bothered at all by his reflection or the fading light,

and then he turned and started walking up the drain towards me.

At first, he didn't seem to notice me, 

but then, he stopped and took a good look,

and left shortly thereafter.

You can find out more about white-faced herons at the following sites: