Indie means Independent, right?
Yes, and no. What Indie really means is being able to write the story that's in your heart without being held to the whims of a big publishing house. These days, authors can choose to publish with a small independent (niche) publisher or venture into the self publishing realm.
Whether you chose niche publishing or self publishing, writers need support and services ranging from critique groups and cover designers to editorial services and promotional tours. A small independent house may provide all of these or various combinations thereof while self publishing leaves the burden of finding and selecting these services squarely on the shoulders of the author.
So how does one find and select these services? Or maybe your question at this point is more along of the lines of what is the difference between a critique group and a content edit, or how do I determine the right cover designer for my book or what does a promotional tour involve? Read on for a quick and dirty explanation of the various services, which ones I can provide for you and some suggestions for others.
Author Support & Services Explained
Beta Reading - typically trusted fans who read your story before/after editing for light editing, continuity, believability, adherence to your voice.
Content Edit - a critique done by an editor which addresses the story elements of plot, pacing, flow, characterization, point-of-view, etc.
Copy Edit - a critique done by an editor which addresses readability, word choice, overused words, grammar, sentence structure, logical inconsistencies.
Cover Design - creation of the book's front cover plus back cover and spine if producing a print version.
Critique Group - fellow writers who share their work and give each other constructive feedback
Fomatting - the layout of your book once all editing has been completed
Promotional Tours - a service which books you on review blogs and/or facebook parties where you showcase your book through Q&A, sharing excerpts, giveaways, etc.
Proofreading - final editing for punctuation, spelling, double words, missing words, etc.
What Do I Offer?
Resources For Other Services