Many people are not aware there is a step between big-name publishers like Random House and Doubleday and self publishing. That middle tier is the independent publisher.
What is an Indie Publisher?
Independent publishers are those that publish fewer than 50 books a year, some fewer than ten, and making less than $50 million in annual sales. They are independent companies, not imprints of larger publishing houses.
Some independent presses focus on specific genres.
Academic presses are sometimes categorized as indie presses.
Some examples of independent presses include Agate Publishing, Bitingduck Press and World Weaver Press.
How Does it Work?
An author querys a publisher. If the publisher is interested, the editor will request a partial or full manuscript.
Before publishing, an author is required to sign a contract.
Authors are paid based on royalties.
How does it benefit an author to use an independent publisher?
- They can be contacted directly instead of going through a literary agent.
- It may be easier for new authors to be published.
- Having a track record of publication can help an author attract an agent down the road.
Have you published a book with an independent publisher? Please share your story.