What, exactly, does the term “independent author” refer to, and why does it appear that just about every single blog on the internet always makes reference to this term? Unfortunately, the authors have made the unfortunate assumption that you are already familiar with the term “indie author.” This is not the case. This blog will enlighten you on the definition of an independent author as well as the differences between self-published authors and independent authors.
An independent author is a writer of nonfiction or fiction books who chooses to self-publish their work while retaining full ownership of their creations. Independent authors are also referred to as indie authors.
In contrast to writers who self-publish a book for the purpose of sharing it with their family, friends, or the general public, an independent author is a writer who creates and publishes their own books with the intention of making a living from their writing.
Independent writers are writers who, in contrast to writers who sign exclusive contracts with a single trade publisher, are primarily responsible for serving in the role of creative director of their own publications and publishing businesses. This is the primary reason why independent writers are referred to by the term “independent writers.”
Authors who self-publish versus those who publish independently
Self-publishing refers to the practice that an author engages in when they publish their own work without the assistance of a conventional publishing house. Typically, when people use this phrase, they are referring to textual material like books and periodicals that can be obtained as ebooks or as physical copies by making use of POD technology (which stands for print on demand).
Indie authors, on the other hand, are authors who self-publish with the intention of making a profit, who take publishing seriously, and who seek to engage the greatest number of readers possible while simultaneously expanding a successful author-publishing company. These authors take publishing seriously and seek to engage the greatest number of readers possible while simultaneously expanding a successful author-publishing company.