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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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Indie is a business model and production method, in my opinion - it doesn't specify a genre.

I have seen a lot of nonfiction books I consider indie.
 

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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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There is certainly no shortage of indie non-fiction. It just isn't typically as well known about.

The simple truth is that genre fiction appeals to a wide range of people. Non-fiction tends to belong to a niche, but there are far more niches for non-fiction than there are genres.
 

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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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I can see that at Indie Book Lounge, the nonfiction books seem to make up only about 1% of the books listed (Sci-Fi fantasy fiction being the biggest group).
 

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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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Jason Kristopher said:
I hope not.

I have a whole series of guide books and other non-fiction I want to write.
+1

I'm bringing my music tutor books out independently. :)
 

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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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