Indie Benefit: Flexibility

“…in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

I think that phrase needs to add, “and uncertainty.”

Life changes fast, often broad-siding us from unexpected directions. January has been a month filled with events. I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say that I’m now a month behind on almost everything because of it.

And it brought to mind another benefit of going the Indie route: Flexibility.

My household had a bad month, including me personally. Choosing to go Indie meant that I could give all my attention to those events without worry of losing a contract or angering an editor. Or all the other fall-out that can occur.

Several Indie authors I’ve been following have mentioned that they try not to announce hard and fast release dates because of this sort of thing. It’s one reason I chose not to announce release dates on my first work. Instead, I gave a ball-park estimated time of year. I’ll miss the very first part of that estimation, but perhaps I can hit the latter part.

What this means is that “Night of the Aurora”, the first book in the Salmon Run series is going to be delayed at least into March. After losing January, there’s no other option. Family and health had to come first.

Life happens. I like having the flexibility to roll with it.

The good news is that in February I’ll have a couple novelettes ready to go and perhaps another short story. The novel “Into the Forest Shadows” is also almost ready.

Spring is shaping up to be an interesting release time.


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Indie Benefit: Flexibility

5 thoughts on “Indie Benefit: Flexibility”

  1. Here’s wishing you and your family a speedy recovery and resumption of your regularly scheduled living arrangements and whatnot!

  2. Hope February is a much better month than January. And I agree with you 100% about the flexibility thing. It takes away a lot of stress!

  3. I hope things come together on all fronts for you–you’re right, family and health first, always.

    This was an interesting post because the amount of control traditionally kept from authors is, well, a you-know-what. If indie publishing gives it back…what is the downside?


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