Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Now the Agents are Running Scared

I find it very amusing that since the Genie has been removed from the bottle and writers no longer have to depend on Agents and Traditional Publishers they now want to push back. Case in point:

The chick that wrote the above article demanded that we as indie authors stop calling ourselves that because we were not indie authors.

“AND STOP CALLING YOURSELVES INDIE. You’re not that either. Using “indie” interchangeably with “self” only confuses people who want to self-publish and pisses off actual independent publishers. There is a clear difference between publishing with a small press (“indie”) and using a vendor (“self”). Misusing/stealing pre-existing terms doesn’t give you credibility; it makes you look unprofessional.”

Seriously! Let me just give her the Webster definition of Independent aka Indie- ” Not influenced or controlled by others  in matters of opinion, conduct, etc. thinking or acting for oneself as in independent thinker. Not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction, autonomous: free as in an independent business man. Not influenced by the thought or action of others. Not dependant , or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc. No relying on someone or others for support, working for oneself in a private business.

This is just a few of the definitions that Webster gives. Now from the looks of these definitions I can truly state I am an Indie Author. I am in complete control of all my work, from the publishing to the cover art. No one tells me what I can or cannot write, how to write it, when to write it – how to publish it or when to publish it. I control the cover art, the pricing and the market. Ms. LaPolla it doesn’t get much more independent than  that. So before you spout off about things you have no clue go back and check Webster.

Next point this one is my favorite. She says    ” Because the thing is, most of the traditional publishing world has moved on and we’ve stopped thinking about you. We’d rather focus on ourselves. Frankly, we think you should go and do your thing if that’s what you want to do. More power to you. This town is big enough for the two of us. We promise.”

The reason we have taken matters in our own hands is because you never considered us. You all thought we would just go away and never be heard from again. Yes, the world is big enough for all of us. But it appears that the traditional folks are beginning to push back. The question is why? The is answer is simple fear on your part. We don’t need you, but apparently you will need us. We forgot about you long before you all forgot about us.

Traditional houses didn’t think they would start losing their authors to indie publishing because they felt as if they had them in the palm of their hands. They were wrong Jackie Collins is a prime example. She found out she can make more money doing her own thing.

Moving on to your next point:

” It’s true, there is still a stigma. And here’s why: The number of writers self-publishing out of impatience outweighs the number of writers who self-pub because they’re making it a career. Which means the overall quality of work being produced through self-publishing is too low to have credibility.”  This was the best argument you could come up with? Lack of credibility!  Allow me to enlighten you- I have read books by traditional authors that one I should have never wasted my money on and two they were about as credible as a suspect who is being interrogated. This dog won’t hunt. You will have to do better than that.

“So, self-publishing community, for being called “self,” you’re not very autonomous. If you want to convince traditional publishing you’re its equal, stop drawing comparisons and start recognizing yourselves as your own entity. Self-publishing is not an offshoot of traditional publishing, and it’s not a gateway to traditional publishing.”  This was perhaps my favorite quote. We know we are not an off shoot from traditional publishing- never claimed to be, don’t want to be and wouldn’t have it if you gave it to us. As for me, I am my own entity. Trust and believe. I have been at this game for a long time.

Yes, I am autonomous because I am an Indie author and if you don’t believe it go back to the beginning of this blog or better yet check Webster.

Traditional  Houses started this “Civil War” as you called it. We just do our thing. We moved on a long time ago.

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  1. Well said, Yvonne. We were somewhat disturbed to learn that a junior agent at Curtis Brown had ordered self-published authors to stop calling themselves “indie” – the title, as you say, does not belong to a sub-set of the publishing industry. While in the distant past the only independents in publishing were small presses who called themselves ‘indie’, that is no longer the case – there are now indie authors. Times have changed and the difficulty seems to be that many of those involved in traditional publishing have not accepted the change. It was a rather unnecessary post in our view.

    Comment by Melanie Walsh | May 26, 2012 | Reply

  2. The other sad part is they have all painted themselves into a corner and now they have no idea how to get out of it. They have spend years telling people what to read and the masses believed it. That is no longer true and they think they can put us back into the corner. It will not happen we are out and are going to stay out. The more we do it the better we get.

    Comment by yvonnemason | May 26, 2012 | Reply

  3. I don’t understand why anyone in the industry cares what others are doing. Why do agents and publishers care what self-pubbed authors do, as long as it doesn’t directly interfere with their business? Why do authors who choose to self-pub care what agents and publishers say when it’s clear the authors have chosen to make their own way? Honestly, sometimes it feels like a bunch of kids throwing sand in one another’s eyes in a sandbox. We, as authors, should be able to do our thing without persecution. Period! Thanks for posting this, Ivonne. I’m so glad I’ve chosen to self publish my book (which is still in cover-creation mode, btw…LOL). I just want to write, not play all these games, or be tethered to the hip of a bunch of self-serving industry leaders who purposely hand us contracts formulated to benefit the publishers first and foremost. In the end, without authors, THERE IS NO INDUSTRY, and publishers know this. Yet, they still insist that they are the only viable option for authors who want to be taken seriously. Hell, as it stands, and as things are unfolding, MANY best-selling authors are choosing to take matters into their own hands, and frankly, good for them! I’m tired of agents and publishers treating authors as if they’re merely an obstacle to be dealt with and sidelined.

    Comment by C. L. Freire | May 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Cindy you are more than welcome and when you are ready let me know. You know I have been doing this for a while now and I will be more than glad you help you.
      The only reason I can see is that we as indie’s are threatening their little serfdoms. For years publishing houses and agents determined what we would read. We fell for it because there were no other choices. However, with the turn of the 21st century and technology being what it is, we are no longer chained to the hips of those who would dictate what we read. Those of us who chose to publish have found a way to do it and in many ways we surpassed the houses because we were the first to embrace networking and the internet as our friend. They hate us for that. We were not supposed to be that smart and we were not supposed to be able to ban together as a cohesive unit to do what we are doing. Publishers do their best to keep their authors apart. They don’t want this band of brothers so to speak because that means power. They don’t want to lose that power.

      But they have. And they don’t understand it.

      Comment by yvonnemason | May 26, 2012 | Reply

      • It’s just so petty and ridiculous.

        Comment by C. L. Freire | May 27, 2012

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