This, my friends, is the maturation of the indie publishing revolution.
Sue Waxes Philosophical For a Moment
Q: What makes indie publishing revolutionary?
A: It removes the middlemen and middlewomen and provides a marketplace where the seller (author) can directly interact with the buyer (reader).
That direct-marketplace-connection model is what makes indie publishing efficient, affordable, and win-win for both the producers and consumers of books. That model is spreading to other areas of indie publishing, slowly but surely, like an avalanche in slow-motion, rumbling down the mountain and transforming everything in its path.
ACX is a great example of this model: indie authors post their ebook projects, narrators audition, and ACX plays matchmaker to produce content (audiobooks) that benefit both. Easy, efficient, profitable – this is what makes it so successful.
NetGalley is another example of this model taking root. NetGalley is a clearinghouse for connecting books and reviewers. Previously, only publishers had access, but given that 25% of Nook sales are indie titles, NetGalley has taken the bold (and profitable) step of opening its doors to indie authors. But, unlike Vanity Publishers and other cretins who try to soak naive indie authors, NetGalley understands that serving indie authors is the best way to grow their business. They’re providing a valuable service by directly connecting reviewers and authors in an efficient way that saves everyone time (and money). Win and win.
Onward to the details…
NetGalley for Indie Authors
What Does NetGalley Do?
NetGalley provides a place where authors/publishers can upload their ebooks (ARCs or older titles) and reviewers can request a copy for review. If approved, NetGalley readers will read and review the titles.
Two ways for indie authors to join NetGalley:
- Individual indie authors can upload their ebooks to NetGalley. For $400, you can post one title for six months.
- 20 indie authors can form a co-op that will have access to 20 title slots for one year. Each individual author can swap out as many titles as they wish during that year. Cost $300 per author.