Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie – Results

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Eight months ago, I started the process of canceling my traditional publishing contracts and re-releasing all my books as an indie author. My reasons for the switch were detailed in two posts Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie (Part I) and (Part II).

The process went more smoothly than I could have imagined, and I wanted to share the results:

1. I left myself 8 months to convert 6 books. Two months per book would have been easier as I was reproofing as part of the process. The advice: Create a schedule and then give yourself extra time.

2. New covers had an instantaneous sales response. Covers do matter whether traditional or indie publishing.

3. My old reviews ALL carried over to the new books. All I had to do was ask Amazon to combine the old (publisher) and new (indie) editions leaving only the new editions visible. The same phone call also combined the kindle and paperback editions so that they’d show as one “tile” (the standard Amazon presentation).

4. Though I priced my ebooks significantly lower than my publisher did, I’m earning a greater per-book royalty. The healthier royalties now support further promotion, while the lower prices encourage more readers to try my books.

5. Promotions conducted on 3 converted books generated about 7,5oo downloads that kick-started a series of paid sales. As a traditionally published author, I couldn’t take advantage of promotions as I had no control over pricing and discounts.

6. I bundled my Dragon Soul series as another purchasing option. The books are available singly and as a bundled kindle download.  I priced the first book in the series at $.99 (versus $4.99 through the publisher). This series sold 1 copy the whole year it was with a publisher and is now my best performer.

7. I am now able to track my sales with a great deal of detail. This wasn’t an option when my books were under contract with a publisher. The publisher received complete data, and I only received sales volume data when I received my royalty checks.

As a traditionally published author, the most effective way I had of seeing how I was doing was to keep an eye on my Amazon Author’s Ranking, which looked at my sales performance as a whole versus individually. Here’s a look at how my ranking changed when I started the self-publishing journey. Numbers don’t lie!

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My writing journey started with a traditional publisher, but I haven’t one regret regarding the switch to indie publishing. The industry continues to change and who knows what’s ahead. For now, being an indie author works for me.

I hope this series of posts is helpful to anyone deciding which way to go. Happy Writing.

182 thoughts on “Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie – Results

  1. I am amazed at the difference in your sales. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It helps a newbie like me enormously.😊

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    • I’m glad it was helpful, Brigid. When I was traditionally published, I had no control over pricing. The books were too costly to compete, and I couldn’t discount, so I couldn’t take advantage of promotions. It was just awful. Much better now. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to make the switch. 🙂 Good luck to you!

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  2. I just published my first book and I plan to re-publish someday. This was great insight, especially about how the reviews carried over, thanks ! Sounds like alot of work with multiple books.

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  6. Sacha Black says:

    BLOODY HELL. Look at that change! You are a freaking inspiration. If ever I doubt my decision not to even try trad I just come over here and within seconds I’m like, traditional? HA! no freaking way. Love your journey so much. ❤

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  7. Thank you so much Diana for sharing your experiences in publishing. It was very insightful and I enjoyed the comparisons you have given with your posts. I love the title of this..Goodbye traditional Hello indie, certainly seems the way to go. 🙂

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  8. I’ve been waiting for this one! Thoroughly enjoyed the first two parts. This is great. And I love your comment about being happy. I completely count that as “success”. ❤ It is. Thanks for sharing this journey.

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  9. Judy Martin says:

    This is very heartening to know Diana, and I wish you continued success with your books 🙂

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  10. inesephoto says:

    Your posts on publishing are the most interesting and useful, Diana!

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  11. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Hi Diana! Your posts are really educational, and like the conversation style posts. They don’t feel like a daunting “how-to” books. Thank you for sharing your publishing journey; it’s encouraging. May you keep on telling those enchanting stories!

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  12. Interesting and good to know, thanks for sharing.

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  13. I learn SO MUCH from you. Am sharing this with my writing students and critique group and any other writer I know. Your research is pragmatic as opposed to speculative, and is extremely helpful. The fact that you share your results is just indicative of the generous talented writer/woman that you are. THANK YOU.

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Pam. I hope all three posts come in handy. Everyone is different and all publishers are different so each person has to find what works. Having as much info as possible can’t hurt 🙂 Thanks for the visit and Happy Writing!

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  15. Reblogged this on Inner Ramblings Boulevard: and commented:
    Great advice for those of us aspiring to become published authors. Say hello to D. Wallace Peach, one of our loyal followers. Her writing tips are wonderful and I’m sure you’d agree. Hope 9n over and show some love. Enjoy! 🌷

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  16. Reblogged this on Riley Amos Westbook and commented:
    One authors journey from Traditional to Indie.
    Awesome Diane, thanks for sharing your insights for other’s to enjoy.

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  17. Micki Peluso says:

    Reblogged this on mallie1025 and commented:
    Taking this wonderful advice!!

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    • Oh wonderful! Thanks for the reblog, Micki, and I’m so glad the info was helpful 🙂 This whole publishing thing is an adventure, and it’s great to know that there are options as well as opportunities to change your mind!

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