I’m considered an indie writer now.
This is not the route I intended to go, not that it’s a bad one. It’s really not! In fact, according to many, I’m doing what will make me more money in the end.
Awesome. That’s cool! Still, it’s not the route I have ever wanted to go.
I’ve always dreamed of traditionally publishing with one of the big 5 publishing houses. Is it because “their books are better?” Not at all. I’ve read some incredible books from indie authors that deserve much more recognition than they receive, and I’ve read some pretty bad books published by the big 5 as well.
My desire for traditional publishing has nothing to do with money. It doesn’t have to do with popularity. For me, personally, to be published traditionally would be like being knighted. It’s not just gaining fame–it’s being honored as a writer.
“But you can be an honored writer as an indie as well.”
I agree! And I do know some indie authors that are highly esteemed, but it’s something more personal than that, I think. For me. It’s not the same.
The big 5 have been around for so many years. They’re like castles in the modern age…and I want to live in the castle. I want the towering walls, full of editors and cover designers and agents that invest every waking moment of their career to books.
Not everyone understands why so many still desire to be traditionally published rather than self or small in this day and age. It’s about so much more than fame or fortune. For many of us, it’s more personal than all that; it’s about being worthy of the honor.