What is an “Indie” writer? John Grisham started as one. Mark Twain was one. Edgar Allen Poe was an Indie. Spike Jonze, John Cassavetes, and Quentin Tarantino are all Indie Writers/Directors.
They are all Do-It-Yourself experts.
Indie authors assume the responsibilities of writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, designing, printing, publishing, promoting, and selling their work.
They are not “traditional” writers, working with literary agents and acquisition editors and established publishers to put their books into the hands of readers.
The traditional process can take two to three years from, forgive the wordplay, womb to tome. The “Indie” approach requires a tiny fraction of that time.
Increasing numbers of traditional writers have abandoned their agent/publisher network to go into business on their own.
Print On Demand, called POD, makes it possible to produce a book for almost nothing, not in weeks, or days, or even minutes, but in seconds. E-books cost, literally, zero to propagate. If there’s a mistake that needs correcting, it can be done immediately. The author does not have to wait until the Second Printing, if there is a Second Printing.
We live in the Golden Age of Publishing.
The good news? Authors can write, edit, proofread, format, design, print, publish, promote, and sell their own work.
The bad news? Authors can write, edit, proofread, format, design, print, publish, promote, and sell their own work.
Without the discipline of professional oversight, a lot of junk stinks up the marketplace.
And, fortunately, readers also decide.