When navigating self-publishing, indie authors are faced with countless choices. Decisions must be made on how and where to publish a book, what marketing strategies will be used and whether or not self-publishing is a stepping stone to finding an agent or traditional publisher.
There's a lot of buzz right now about Amazon's Matchbook Program. But only one traditional publishing house is willing to try it -- and only on a limited basis. So, where does that leave indie authors, who are wondering whether or not they should jump in?
IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, created the annual IR Discovery Awards (IRDAs) for one reason: to help readers discover the best indie books, reviewed by IR staff and vetted by some of the top people in publishing today.
The question I hear most often is "what makes an indie book different?" As opposed to the consortium of people who put together a traditionally published book, an indie book represents the singular vision of its author.