If you go into indie publishing with the intention of selling your books and earning a profit, you're going into business. Your books and e-books become the products you build your business around. You'll see me emphasize this fact a lot here at All Indie Publishing. Today I want to talk about what that really means (being an authorpreneur as opposed to just an author).
Here are some of the things you'll need to think about and deal with when you go into the indie publishing business that you might have been able to minimize if you worked with a traditional publisher.
- It's up to you to build a solid business plan and marketing plan before diving in.
- It's up to you to fully understand your target market and what influences those buyers.
- It's up to you to finance all levels of production -- from editing to cover designs to printing to e-book delivery systems.
- It's up to you to recruit and hire the right people to help you bring your books to market (thinking you can do everything yourself, and do it well, is generally irresponsible).
- It's up to you to manage and schedule those contractors to get things done by your deadlines.
- It's up to you to collect and pay sales tax if required where you live (and get a sales and use tax license if that is a requirement).
- It's up to you to manage the carrying out of your marketing plan (while traditional authors still have to market their own books, as an indie publisher you have to do even more in that department).
Are you prepared to do all of these things? If not, now is a good time to brush up on the basics of business and marketing or work on your budget and planning. By no means are these all of your responsibilities when you become an indie publisher. But they give you a basic idea of what to expect. If you've been independently publishing books and e-books for a while, what else would you add to this list? If you're a new indie author, do any of these things appeal to you or worry you more than the others? Share your thoughts in the comments below.