What is an “indie author”?

An increasing number of writers have chosen to follow the path of an “indie author”. That term — “indie author” — may have slighly diferent definitions, depending on who is using it. One thing is common, however.

“Indie”, which is simply a shortening of ‘independent’, usually refers to the decision to self-publish. Self-publishers are relatively independent because they retain their publishing rights as well as much of the control over book production and distribution.

What distinguishes an “indie” from other authors? Generally speaking, you are an independent author if:

  • You have self-published or intend to self-publish at least one book.
  • You retain the role of creative director of your books, from conception to completion through marketing, promotion, and beyond.
  • You probably also see yourself as the creative director of your author-business.

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