Don’t get me wrong. I love being an indie author (most days). No one cares as much about my work as me, and I get to make sure everything is top notch. And honestly, I’m good at what I do, from writing books to cover design.
But that doesn’t mean I love everything. So here’s a list of five things I hate about being an indie author (not in order).
1. I hate being a business woman. I love writing stories and designing covers. I hate doing taxes, cataloging inventory, tracking expenses, upkeeping my novels, and answering emails. The list goes on and on. I’m a small business owner, and I have all the work that comes with it.
2. I dislike marketing. Though I’d say I have it pretty streamlined, it’s still a lot of time and money. Time I’d rather spend on writing new stories. Money I’d rather spend on a fun vacation.
3. I hate feeling like a second-class citizen in the publishing world. I get it, there are no gatekeepers to indie publishing. And much of it isn’t very good. But I am good. Many of us are. I get tired of being told I can’t teach the craft of writing at a writer’s conference, that I need to stick with stuff specific to indies. Or that I can’t be on the blog hop with the “traditionally” published authors because there were too many complaints (not by participants, but by the traditionally published authors themselves ((But don’t worry. We’ll give you indies your own “special” team)). Or being told that the difference between indie publishing and traditional publishing is quality.
4. I hate NEVER being done. I have a huge to do list, and I usually only skim the top. I’m always behind, always feeling like I’m drowning in an attempt to keep up.
5. I hate never knowing what my paycheck will be. This has a huge upside, as there is no ceiling for me. But there’s no bottom either. When Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited, my paycheck dropped by half. Which sucked, cause for a while there, I was making a lot of money.
I still wouldn’t change anything. I like being in charge. I love being able to put the best covers on my books and hire amazing content and copy editors, instead of being stuck with whatever the publisher thinks my book deserves. I love that I can make a living at this. That I can create my own schedule.
*technically, I’m a hybrid author, as my first book was traditionally published. But I consider myself an indie author.