The Rise of the Indie Market


Have you ever wondered why the indie market is doing so well, and came into existence in the first place? Why hosts like Smashwords, Amazon and indeed our very own WordPress have nailed it for the independent voice?

Well, that’s exactly it. The individual voice the one that has something unique and original to say. In case you were wondering, that’s you and me.

For years I tried to break into the traditional publishing markets and got nowhere. I often felt like square peg in a round hole. In the meanwhile, I was becoming increasingly demotivated and downright fed up with the way things were going. Until that is, indie publishing emerged and all of a sudden there was more than one way to break into publishing on your terms, your thoughts and ideas could gain exposure before they grew stale, withered and died a sad death.

Does that sound familiar? I’m sure it does. Don’t get me wrong, if you are lucky enough to get offered a lucrative deal through traditional means, you should consider taking it, as this route is tried and tested. But the likelihood of that happening is getting slimmer and slimmer.

The reason for this is fierce competiton and consider the reasons why books or magazines get published in the first place. Book publishers rely on the tried and tested, new talent is a huge financial risk for them. Traditional magazines depend on the advertising revenue for a large part of their financing. So unorthodox submissions will probably get rejected, over concerning themselves with artistic integrity!

Hence the gap in the market filled beautifully in my opinion, by the indie market, home to the unusual and more original take on things. So our, poems, short stories, novels, book reviews, articles, prose, photography, travels and experiences can be shared with others like you.

It all amounts to a massive contribution which in my view is priceless! Indie publishing can also be quite lucrative if you are willing to do the work and be consistent. Please do check out my post Adam Croft is a British self-publishing success story who is going from strength to strength! What more inspiration do you need!

So, if you want to see your name in print, and the conventional way isn’t working out, consider publishing it yourself.

Good luck!

Until next time, happy writing!


Published by Sharon's Writers Tidbits

Sharon is a writer who lives in north London and has a long-held passion for the art and craft of creative writing. Sharon's main interests are novels, short stories and poetry. She also enjoys writing non-fiction. She is an avid reader and has a threatening TBR pile of books!

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