Entries by IR Staff

IndieJourney: Michelle May

Set high standards. It is important to conform to publishing standards by making your independently published books indistinguishable from those published traditionally-including impeccable editing (both text and context), professional layout, and cover design.

Trust your instincts. I did not love the cover
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IndieJourney: Micheal Gyulai

iUniverse did a spectacular job at packaging and printing Midnight in Rome; the quality of the book could not have been any better coming from a traditional publishing house. But the investment of time and money after the publishing process was simply too great a burden to shoulder individually. Continue reading

IndieJourney: Lisa Saunders

I signed my first contract with a publisher. I gave up the right to sell my self-published version (which hurt when I received an order for a hundred copies from a hospital) and spent an entire summer rewriting the manuscript according to the editor’s specifications. But moments before the book went to press, the publisher downsized. My editor was let go…and so was my book. Continue reading

IndieJourney: Kenn Amdahl

After 28 publishers rejected my first book, I decided maybe they were right. I slid the manuscript into a drawer and wrote another book. After 89 publishers rejected the second book, I decided they were all wrong. I formed Clearwater Publishing Company and published it myself.
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IndieJourney: Gary Mahoney

As an older first-time writer, I didn’t want to wait for years in an attempt to capture the attention of the traditional publishing world. It was more important to me to get my message out to the marketplace in a timely manner without sacrificing quality. Continue reading