The Making of an Indie Writer

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Kim Antieau published 6 novels with major publishers over 15 years. But when she finished her latest, The Fish Wife, she chose to publish it herself. Why would she do this? In a word: freedom. Indie publishing gives her the freedom to write what she wants and bring it directly to her readers. This essay explains how she embraced indie publishing and what it means for indie readers everywhere. More
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About Kim Antieau

Kim Antieau has had dozens of short stories and essays published, along with many novels, including Coyote Cowgirl, Church of the Old Mermaids, Ruby's Imagine, The Fish Wife, Her Frozen Wild, and The Jigsaw Woman. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest most of the time and in the Sonoran Desert some of the time, with her husband, writer Mario Milosevic.

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C S McClellan reviewed on Jan. 7, 2012

In some ways, this little book is a summary of all the complaints about the traditional writing path--the long, frustrating wrestling match with agents, editors, publishers. That's part of its strength. The other part is that it's a personal story that should speak to anyone who's still on the fence about whether to tread that traditional path or go it on their own.

The end of the essay does a very nice job of summing up the traditional path. "When we were telling an artist friend of ours that agents and then editors often ask writers to rewrite their work, he frowned and said, “Isn’t that kind of like someone looking at one of my paintings and telling me I need to take this chunk of paint off here and paint this part of the canvas with a different color over there? And if I do all that, they’ll pay me.”

“It is like that,” I said, “only it’s worse. Half the time they’ll ask you to make those changes but they don’t pay you for it. They end up saying, ‘geez, I guess I still don’t want it.’”

It isn't about traditional publishing being evil; it's about finding the way that works for you.
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Mike Jansen reviewed on Nov. 25, 2011

Thanks Kim, very recognizable even if I'm over in Europe. I think your essay will resonate with many good authors who have struggled with the traditional publishing model.
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