For Harris, ‘indie’ publishing has opened up a whole new world to him.
“I think paper books will become rarer as people download novels to their tablets. That’s the way the industry is going. You can store a thousand books on a tablet and buy them for so much cheaper. For me, publishing the traditional route was too time consuming. My book was sitting in the computer and no one was enjoying it. My characters needed someone to read them into life,” Harris said. “When the first person bought and read it, then wrote me and said, ‘I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. What else have you written?’ it was all worth it. I felt like a success. It’s all just icing now.”
Harris said the new publishing route levels the playing field for writers trying to break in.
“However, I’m seeing how hard it is to get your name out there and sell your books. It never was easy and it still isn’t. My brother, Kevin, interviewed me on KVNE radio a couple of weeks ago and I hope to receive more media coverage. But my best hope may be word of mouth and social networking,” Harris said. “I sold the first few books by exposing it on Facebook and Twitter. I hope people who read it will give it a good review on Amazon and also tell their friends.”
In ‘indie’ publishing, the author has to do all of the formatting, uploading and is responsible for contracting out for editing and creating book covers.
“A woman in Dallas made the cover for me. It cost a couple hundred dollars, but I knew I had to have a good cover to sell the book. I’m very pleased with how it looks. It shows several elements in the story, and I hope piques people’s interest to consider the novel,” Harris said. “I also want to thank my friend Cheril Vernon at the Herald-Press for telling me about publishing on Amazon and encouraging me to do this.”