Do indie book publishers offer a variety of formats authors to choose from?
Yes. Your book can be published in any format you choose, including: paperback, hardcover, or full color. The recent proliferation of eReaders like the Kindle and nook is helping level the playing field for indie authors.
For example, Author Solutions, Inc. and its industry-leading imprints have established partnerships with Google, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Sony and more to make electronic versions of all new black-and-white titles available for purchase through their digital platforms and readers.
What other types of services do indie book publishers make available to authors?
Most of the top indie book publishers provide an array of editing, marketing, publicity, illustration, design, distribution, and other services to assist authors in realizing their publishing goals. Some offer editorial and marketing evaluation services too. Authors can choose as few or as many of these services as they like, depending upon their needs.
Why do I have to pay to get published?
Have you ever heard an indie film maker or band complain about investing his or her own money to get their work produced and distributed? Indie film makers and musicians invest in their work because they believe in it and want to make it available to their fans. Indie book publishing does the same for authors. Your goal is to get published, not wait patiently for rejection letters from publishers. Get your book out to readers and let them decide if they like it.
Will I be required to buy hundreds of copies of my completed book?
No. Top indie book publishers utilize print-on-demand technology, which allows books to literally be printed one at a time. Authors can buy as few or as many copies of their books as they choose at any time. Authors receive a significant discount when purchasing their books directly from their indie book publisher.
Do indie book publishers help with distribution of my book?
Yes. Leading indie book publishers utilize the same distribution channels as traditional publishers. This makes your book available for order at thousands of brick-and-mortar retailers and top online booksellers, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Borders.com.