Indie vs. Traditional Publishing

I’m indie published and I have been previously published with small presses. For years I’ve tried knocking on New York’s door. Either my books were too paranormal or not paranormal enough. Well, last year I decided the heck with it and to go the indie route. So far I haven’t regretted a moment. It gives me control and if I fail at it, it will be because of me and only me. I plan on getting my rights back on 5 other books I have.

I can publish what ever length I want. I recently published the first in a short story series. I was in charge of the formatting, cover design, editing, marketing and more. It can be super time-consuming, but it is also very rewarding. It also helps that I have a company, Bella Media Management, that specializes in indie publishing.

Here is a short blurb of the first in my Shades Series, Shades of Gray. (Yes, I know it’s the same title of the hugely popular erotic novel, but I couldn’t for the life of me think of one that was equally appropriate.)

Kennedy Sinclair is given a pair of simple sunglasses. Or so she thinks. Within twenty-four hours, she discovers they are far from simple or normal. The lenses open a door to the dark side of her personality and a serial killer, who turns his focus on her. Can she outwit, outrun a murderer? And if she survives the night, does she have the strength to become the person destiny has created for her


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As an indie author, I can decide when my book will be published. I don’t have to wait a year. I know a number of New York published authors who have only the one book coming out this year.

There are a couple of downsides to indie. I believe there is still a stigma out there about the quality of indie published authors. I’m hoping that will change. There is also another downside, and it’s major. Distribition. New York buys placement on Amazon and on other online bookstores along with storefront bookstores across the country. I don’t have that ability. Not yet. Rumor is that Amazon is planning to offer advertising for indie authors. We will wait and see.

I have heard alot of traditional publishing houses picking up indie authors once they’ve gotten their platform together and have gotten a readership. Hugh Howey and his Wool series is a case in point. He has a huge best-seller series on his hands and New York came knocking. My understanding is that he sold his print rights and kept his electronic. I think that was a very smart move on his move.

With Barnes & Noble closing one third of their stores, times are a changing. It’s going to get harder and harder for readers to get print books unless they order online and that’s really going to hamper mid-list authors.

But there is one thing I know whether it be traditional or indie, sales for a author in today’s market comes down two major factors: visibility and a good product. At least this is my opinion…and I’m sticking to it right now. 😉

H.D. Thomson

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Shrouded in Darkness on sale for a limited time!

Shrouded in Darkness

Shrouded in Darkness is on sale for 99 cents but for a limited time! This is the first in the Shrouded series.

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Winner of the Ready-Set-Go Peninsula RWA Contest
Finalist in the Suzannah North Louisiana RWA Contest
1st place in Peninsula RWA Chapter’s contest.

Jake Preston is on borrowed time. If he doesn’t stumble upon a miracle and soon, he’ll endup dead. And even if he does, he still might end up dead with a clever killer hounding his heels. He believes that the one miracle and antidote to save him is in Margot Davenport’s house, across the country and miles away from Boston. Somewhere locked in her home is the key to reversing an experiment that has rendered him invisible.

Margot doesn’t particularly care if she ends up dead. She’s lost everything she’s ever cared for. A divorce and the loss of her job as a corporate lawyer has left her with little faith in herself or in anyone else. Most importantly, she’s lost the one person on this earth she’s looked up to and cherished–her brother, Johnny. His death in a car accident has devastated her, and she can’t find the willpower to pull herself from the chasm she’s fallen into. Her only solace is at the bottom of a wineglass. Having moved back to the small town in northern Arizona where she was raised, she’s made a point of isolating herself both mentally and physically from everyone other than a few chosen friends. Little does she know that her life is going to explode into chaos.



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Great review for Shrouded in Darkness

Shrouded in Darkness

I received a wonderful review for Shrouded in Darkness, the first book in the Shrouded in Series. “Loved this book & I could not put it away. It had everything – exciting, romantic, mystery & murder. Can’t wait to read the next book which I have on my wish list…”


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