Indie or Traditional – How does an author pick the right direction?

Don Massenzio makes some valid points about Indie Publishing versus Traditional. See what you think.

DSM Publications

CrossroadJumping into the indie author scene, for me, was a calculated risk. Like I do with a lot of decisions, I looked at the pros and cons.


  • You can easily publish your work on a number of platforms at little or no cost (Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, etc.).
  • The royalties for sales are good. If you price a book on Amazon over $2.99, for instance, you will get 70% of the selling price as royalties.
  • You can write at your own pace in whatever style you want.
  • You can directly interact with your readers on many platforms (blogs, mailing, lists, social media, author signing events).
  • There is an organized community of independent authors and you can learn from others and help others that are just getting started.
  • My writing would be judged directly by the readers and not some low-on-the-totem-pole publishing house employee looking for the flavor of the month.
  • Trend-setters like Hugh Howey

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6 thoughts on “Indie or Traditional – How does an author pick the right direction?

  1. I think the choice was made for me when I went back to college.

    To me, indie (or self-publishing) has been a great way to offer free and low-cost stories to my readers, without having to take time away from my classes for the full responsibilities of traditional publishing.

    And also, the degree I’m earning is teaching me *how* to workshop, edit, query, and more, so that when I am ready, I can make the choice to pursue a traditional publishing path ✌😊 Of course, there’s pros and cons to both, but we can work through that!

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