I have been an Indie author now since April 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the steep learning curve which has come with it. Three weeks ago I got an email out of the blue from one of Amazon’s own imprints saying they would like to publish ‘A Love Most Dangerous’ as one of their titles.
I couldn’t believe it. I’d almost deleted the email thinking it was spam and now I read it again and again. Over the next few days I had a series of very helpful conversations and emails with the Acquisitions Manager I was dealing with.
A few years ago I would have swum to Seattle to agree the deal but since I’ve been an Indie I’ve come to value my independence highly. After a series of discussions I decided to accept Lake Union’s offer because they can offer expertise which will be very useful and, equally importantly, they are happy to work with me in a collaborative manner. They will also make the book available in print.
So, I’m now what Bob Mayer (I think) first called a Hybrid author. My other books will continue to be self-published; I give Lake Union first refusal on my next book and can continue to sell ‘A Love Most Dangerous’ until they are ready to re-launch it.
If only my Mum was still here to tell.