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Hi

I'm a new indie author who began with a short historical memoir, and then a travelogue and finally a book on history (which won a commendatation certificate).  These are all non-fiction ofcourse.  I first got published on June 3rd so its been a short while.

As I've seen here and on Goodreads in the last two weeks I've come to see indies only write fiction. 

Is there an indie market for non-fiction?
 

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Non-fiction has LONG had a self-publishing industry -- a very healthy one.  A lot of people don't recognize them as "indies" because they are seen as either a part of the publishing establishment, or they are seen as a "web business" separate from publishing at all. (For instance, a lot of people have made money by selling PDFs for business books -- usually "how to get rich selling 'how to get rich' books" -- for as long as the web has been around. Just as they sold paper books from the backs of magazines before.)

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I suppose I can say I've been an indie nonfiction writer for a few years now. I've published 4 books on Kansas history, with a few more on the way over the next few years. As far as I can see, it's about the only way to go now if your subject is local and can't be a photo book. So, no, you're not alone.
 

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RobertLCollins said:
I suppose I can say I've been an indie nonfiction writer for a few years now. I've published 4 books on Kansas history, with a few more on the way over the next few years. As far as I can see, it's about the only way to go now if your subject is local and can't be a photo book. So, no, you're not alone.
Yes, I'd say the majority of the indie non-fiction I have read has been local histories - much put out as self-pubbed by local historical societies and such. I seem to recall reading some biblical commentaries and dissertations that were indie, as well.
 

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I am glad to hear that I am not alone and their are other out there like me.  I suppose we have to build category need before we market our books, meaning we have to get people interested in our no-fiction genre first before we market our books since we do not have a ready made market such as that of romance and thrillers.
 
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