GALAXY'S EDGE: NOMAD TRILOGY
Fellow indie authors Jason Anspach and Nick Cole asked me how I felt about collaborating with them and building something new in their growing and very successful Galaxy's Edge universe. I suppose you could call it a meeting of brands. We saw eye to eye on so many things that it seemed like a good idea – no, a great idea.
I've been publishing independently since 2014, and in that time the indie world has changed out of all recognition. It's not Big Publishing’s poor relation any more: it's business-savvy and it's taking a significant share of the market. Because it's made up of individual authors and small presses, it can innovate and adapt faster, which is why it's changing both the sheer variety of books available and the ways that books reach the reader. One area where it's developing fast is collaborations between indies to give them a better chance of competing alongside big multinational publishers.
Book collaborations, where authors co-write novels, is as old as the hills. But the kind of collaboration we're talking about is more ambitious – groups of indies pooling their resources on everything from editing and marketing to building franchises. Where writers already have a brand, harnessing those brands together for a project can be good for everyone. As Jason said to me, this is the next stage of evolution: first came Trad Pub, traditional publishing, then came Indie Pub, and now we're in the early era of what he's dubbed New Pub. New Pub is very good for authors, and also good for you as readers. The whole independent publishing movement is about creating more choice and letting authors and readers connect without anything else getting in the way. New Pub kicks that up a notch.
The first book in the Nomad trilogy is THE BEST OF US, which'll be released this year in audio, paperback, and Kindle, with hardcover to follow. If you sign up to my news alert service, you'll get details of release dates and availability as soon as they're finalised. You can also keep an eye on the Galaxy's Edge blog and Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter.