Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
About Indy Books
posted by Ed Farber on March 28, 2013

A lot has been written on line about the newest phenomenon in the publishing world. Indy publishing. That is publishing your book independent of the publishing houses that do it for you. Not that this is something new. In the past it was called having your book published by a vanity publisher who charged you money for the privilege of printing a short run of a book you had written. There are still many vanity publishers out there offering to do the same. And, in my mind, to be avoided.

No, the main difference between today’s indy publishing and publishing back then is the development of the e-reader led by Kindle. Now, people can read books on these hand held devises, and a writer can publish a book specifically to be read on those readers eliminating the cost of printing on paper. Now in its infancy epublishing has grown tremendously and thousands of book titles are available in all genres.

I chose to publish my first book independently and selected Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) to produce the book. It didn’t cost me a cent, but I spent hours on line trying to figure out what I had to do. I must confess that I would have much preferred the old-fashioned way of having an agent sell the book for me to a big publisher who would pay me a cash advance and, of course, it would become a best-seller and I would make millions. The reality of the business is that only a tiny fraction of the books written actually become best-sellers. More in the next blog. I have to get back to working on my short story collection.


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