Before you get excited, no I have not been offered a real publishing deal as yet. It could still happen although I still remain committed to indie publishing.
I have been conventionally published in the past and it did more good for my ego and feeling of having ‘arrived’ than my bank balance.
When a major publisher expressed interest in a YA fantasy trilogy I have to say, the old adrenaline rush pushed everything else out of my mind.
At best it’s an amber light not a green light. At least it isn’t red.
But it did strike me that most of us indie authors whether reasonably successful or not (and I fall into the middle of these extremes) might suddenly give up their publishing freedom for a conventional deal if it was good enough.
There are some incredibly successful self-published authors for whom it does not make commercial sense. JA Konrath is one that springs to mind. He has been amazingly forthright and honest about his earnings from indie publishing. Try as I might I have not yet been able to emulate his success despite great reviews, great comments from readers and so on.
So, the question I hear every indie author asking is: ‘What more can do?” I’ve Facebooked and Tweeted and social networked myself to death and beyond but sales stay stubbornly static or show small increases.
What then if the big publisher comes along waving a contract?
Does the indie author rush to their editorial offices with open arms and pen in hand or does he/she hold back and stay true to the flag of self-publishing.
I don’t have the answer but, you never know what tomorrow may bring.