I’ve been speaking about indie authors— and if women outnumber men in the self-publishing world. This made me wonder about the difference between indie and trad publishing, and while browsing, I found an article by Roz Morris that piqued my interest:
When you self-publish, you choose the editor who most closely suits
your style and vision. There’s a lot more room for you to be daring and
different, if that’s what you want. An indie editor will discuss what
you want the book to be. Or they can help you find it. They won’t try to
force you in a direction. They will help you come into your own.
She also goes on to say:
But this is another reason why indie publishing, at its most careful
and respectful, is more likely to produce genuinely original books.
Traditional publishing will edit a book for the good of a defined
clientele. Sometimes everyone is happy, of course. But in a traditional
publisher the priority is the company interest, not the author or the
book. I’ve seen enough occasions when this created a ghastly compromise.
Indeed, readers are far more adventurous than publishers can
accommodate. The reader couldn’t define for you what they want; they
know it when a skilled author invents it.
That last bit made me think. I know I’ll be in the market for an editor soon, and I’m wondering about the pros and cons of hiring an indie editor.
Do you have any experience with indie editors? Have you ever worked with an editor at a publishing house? Would you like to weigh in on this?
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