Establishing that fact early on in the “date” meant that the agent and I were able to spend the majority of our 15 minutes together on other topics, and we discussed what her pitch would be to a promising unpublished author who was choosing between independent and traditional publishing. What I heard—which was mainly related to the support staff and business infrastructure a traditional publisher can bring to bear—didn’t sway my growing preference for independent publishing for two main reasons: artistic control and the ability to set my own schedule.
With that refreshed commitment to “being indie,” and with the expert advice of Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, I have been working on strengthening the business foundation of William Kingsfield Publishers*, my independent publishing arm. Joanna recommended that I:
- Use an e-mail sign-up and distribution tool (not just my own Gmail account)—hence the new e-mail service.
- Establish a more author-centric web site (in addition to annkinnear.com)—check out the new site at mattydalrymple.com!
Stay tuned for updates on activities on the creative front!
*William Kingsfield was my father’s pen name. You can read two of his short stories in “Collier’s Weekly”: “Tobe” from September 1952 and “Captain’s Counterfeit” (which I think is a pretty cool title) from July 1954.