From PW’s Book Life:
Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs, recently made the transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing, choosing to leave her big-five house and agent.
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Out of all the hats you wear as an indie author, which do you find suit you best, and which takes you out of your comfort zone?
I enjoy all the hats, though I have to admit that wearing them all at once can sometimes get a bit unwieldy. I love writing. I love speaking to groups. I have awesome readers and interacting with them is pure joy. I’m fascinated by the publishing world, and I have always tried to soak up every bit of knowledge I could along the way. I have an entrepreneurial spirit. So I’m crazy busy, but also fully engaged and never bored.
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What has been the most rewarding part so far of going indie?
I had a wonderful run in traditional publishing for many years, and I’m forever grateful for that. But when things started getting bumpy, no matter how hard I worked, it felt like I couldn’t get close enough to my own career to get it moving again in the right direction. It was such a frustrating situation, and in the end I felt that I had two choices: whine or move on. So taking control of my own career has been rewarding. I’m learning so much, and if I make a mistake, I have the power to fix it. And I’ve never felt closer to my readers, which is the most rewarding part of all.
What has been the most surprising?
That the stigma of [self-]publishing is gone. My readers aren’t the least bit interested in who is publishing my work. They just want to read it. I’ve re-released five of my backlist books and published two new books via Marshbury Beach Books, which I named after the fictional town in my beachy novels. I’m getting plenty of media and blog coverage and speaking invitations for my newest release, Never Too Late, so I don’t think self-publishing has closed those doors either.
Link to the rest at Book Life and thanks to Alison for the tip.
Here’s a link to Claire Cook’s books