Self-publishing has a negative connotation so “indie writer" has been chosen by some as an alternative, but it has its own nuance problems. Some consider it as writers slightly out of the main stream—enthusiastic and maybe even a little crazy. Some say it’s out-of-print authors coming back as independent authors—authors without agents or publishers. Whatever they are, they are cutting new ground. Meet the latest rich indie writer.
The best definition of “indie” is that it is an abbreviation for an “independent author,” but for some, it has many other implications. Nevertheless, it has created its own special branch of the author world. For example, check out the blog http://www.novelr.com/. While it may be is too late to arrange to attend this year's conference, check out the Indie Author Conference 2011. Don’t worry; I’m sure there will be a 2012 conference.
Self-publishing by any other name is gaining speed—and coupled with ebooks, especially those that have moved the price point down to the 99¢ level, you have a game changer for the book business. It is creative destruction at work, good for readers and authors—as for publishers “not so much.”