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Indie Author Magazine: How will the strategy of publishing wide play a part in the future of the industry?

Stephanie: As authors can establish themselves on stores other than Amazon, they will help the business of writing flourish in areas other than the markets Amazon has a hold on.

Indie Author Magazine: Do you anticipate that the definition of wide will ever evolve to mean more? If so, where do you see authors going?

Stephanie: I see authors branching out more into subscriptions in the coming years, spending more time with their readers in smaller, more intimate settings.

Indie Author Magazine: On an individual level, direct publishing can equate to greater control over titles, greater royalties, and a closer relationship with readers. What will the trend of authors publishing direct mean for the industry as a whole?

Stephanie: Publishing direct will mean more money in the hands of authors, instead of larger corporations. It’ll mean a deeper connection with readers, one where the wants and needs of readers can be better met by an author who is receptive to a changing market.

Indie Author Magazine: With AI being such a hot-button, divisive topic now, what role(s)—if any—do you think it will play in the indie publishing world in five years’ time?

Stephanie: AI has the potential to open the market for disabled writers

Indie Author Magazine: How important is technology to one’s success as an indie author and to the industry as a whole?

Stephanie: It’s the most important part! It helps broadcast our ideas.

Indie Author Magazine: What does transmedia mean for an author’s business? Will indie authors ever need to be more than just “writers” to survive in the industry?

Stephanie: Storytellers, regardless of medium, will rule the world.

Indie Author Magazine: What can authors do now to build community with their readers and within the industry?

Stephanie: Produce work that’s human no matter the tools used to produce it

Indie Author Magazine: Why does community matter in the future of indie publishing?

Stephanie: Community is ultimately what gets us from blank slate to story.


Chelle Honiker

Chelle Honiker

Chelle Honiker is an advocate for the empowerment of authorpreneurs, recognizing the importance of authors taking charge of both their craft and careers. In response to this need, she has founded a media and training company dedicated to supporting these creative professionals. As the co-founder and publisher of Indie Author Magazine, IndieAuthorTraining, Indie Author Tools, and Direct2Readers.com, Chelle’s team of more than 80 writers, editors, trainers, and support staff provides resources and insights that help authors navigate the complexities of self-publishing. Her role as the programming director for Author Nation, an annual conference in Las Vegas, further exemplifies her commitment to fostering a community where authors can grow and succeed. With a career spanning over two decades in executive operations and leadership, Chelle has honed her skills in managing complex projects and delivering impactful training programs. Her experience as a speaker and TEDx Organizer has taken her to many countries, where she has shared her insights with diverse audiences.

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