Earlier this week I attended a debate by Byte The Book where they discussed the topic: The Author as Publisher: Opportunity or Vanity?
The debate was between Joanna Penn, an indie author who writes and sells her books without an agent or a traditional publisher.
The debate was lively and energetic, especially with Joanna’s presence who is a bundle of explosive energy!
Joanna is the author of over 20 books and makes a 6 figure income from her writing. She knows how to exploit all aspects of her writing and applies an entrepreneurial mindset to her business.
I recommend you check out her website which is filled to the brim with an incredible amount of information here.
I also recommend that you see her speak live at least once, her presence is energetic, positive and inspiring and I always learn so much from her.
Why Go To These Events?
I primarily attended the event to show my support to Joanna Penn who I regard as an online mentor and the ultimate indie-author who knows how to run her author business like a Pro.
Also, I think it’s a good idea to go to in-person meet-ups:
- To network with and support authors and publishers
- To keep up to date with the latest happenings in the publishing industry
- To explore a new venue and venture out! The event is held at the Groucho club in London which is a private members club, so it was nice to get a sneak peak inside!
So…..The Author as Publisher: Opportunity or Vanity?
The topic interested me especially as I embark on my author journey.
I have made the conscious decision to be an indie-author.
This means I will take responsibility for getting my book out to the market as well as writing it.
So the debate centred on whether an author should be a publisher or whether that is something best left to the traditional publishers.
In my opinion, Joanna stole the show with her energetic presence and her value-packed tips!
Here are some key takeaways from the night with some updates from Twitter too:
- The future for authors is very optimist IF you chose to take a global perspective
- Think about the markets in China, India where there are millions of educated people who read in English
- Everyone should write a book because writers are readers. We are our own ecosystem!