I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing a lot of conflicting terms tossed around the blogosphere lately.  Writers are braving the murky waters of publishing without a solid grasp of where they’re headed, praying they’ll wash ashore somewhere—anywhere. And that’s a problem.
NA Alley isn’t just about promoting New Adult as a category. We want to keep you guys informed of things going on in the industry, too. We want to open up meaningful dialogues and encourage discussion. So, I’m starting a series on industry terms.

Once every seven weeks, we'll explore a new term (or series of terms) together. Sound like a plan? Good! :)


For ages, indie has referred[1] to independent publishers—a.k.a. small presses—but the term has been adopted by self-published authors in recent years. Does one group represent the label more than the other? Does it matter? Let's take a closer look.

There are three main schools of thought here:

  • Some say indie publishers are independent of the Big Six, but their authors are not indie. Why? Because indie authors are independent of upfront, contractual assistance—they self-publish and/or start their own micro-pubs.
  • Others argue that indie authors and indie publishers go hand-in-hand. They have for years, and shifting the definition will only make things more confusing. Self-publishing already has a label.
  • Finally, there are publishers and authors who reject the labeling system. They find the debate counterproductive and refuse to be called "indie" or anything else.

What do you think? 

More Information:
1. I'm referring to the book/publishing industry. I know the term has been around since the '20s and has encompassed a variety of industries over the years. We're cool. ;)