Paty Jager Talks About Why She Switched To Self-Publishing

November 16, 2013

Today my guest is romance author Paty Jager. She tells us about switching from traditional publishing to self-publishing.


Paty Jager talks about going indie



Why I went Indie

By Paty Jager

I would have never taken the self-publishing plunge if I hadn’t already been published by a small ebook and POD publisher. The years I spent publishing with them taught me all the steps to putting together a good book. From the story editing, to the book cover, to line edits and proofing. Each step taught me to have patience and put out the best product I can.

Because I was with a small press, I also learned the importance of networking and promotion. Other jobs that fit into an Indie publisher job description.

When I decided to self-publish, it was after I’d talked to half-a-dozen authors I knew and trusted would give me the correct information. I learned their ups and downs as self-published authors. Then I read books on self-publishing.

Taking the plunge the first time was scary. I’m not very technology minded, so some things I had to call on friends to walk me through, especially the formatting. I didn’t want to pay someone, but at the same time, I wondered at my sanity to try and do it myself.  Now it’s a breeze using all the software out there that can now format your manuscript into the most popular and obscure formats you want. I use Jutoh and love how easy it is. Instead of wasting a day and sometimes a day-and-a-half formatting, I spend usually 1-2 hours.

Great book covers are a must if you want a reader to take you seriously as a self-published author.  I’ve been lucky. My daughter makes my covers. She has a degree in fashion design which she uses to make beautiful clothing, but she also loves doing graphics work and enjoys the creativeness of making a cover.

The main reason I went Indie was to have more control over the cover, the price of my books, and the ability to write what I wanted and not have to fit a big publisher’s genre skew.

I’m glad I did. It has increased my sales and allowed me to make business decisions that I couldn’t when locked into a contract with a publisher.


This post is part of a week-long blog tour. I love to give and you could be the winner! I will be giving away an e-copy of my Christmas novella, Christmas Redemption, to one commenter at each blog stop where there are at least ten commenters. You can find the blog tour hosts at my blog: or my website:


Blurb for Laying Claim:


Jeremy Duncan commits to haul one last load of supplies across the great interior of the Yukon before heading home. But, he has to trade his pack animals for sled dogs and leave Skagway in the middle of a blizzard due to one strong-willed, business-minded beauty.


Determined to find her older brother, Clara Bixbee doesn’t care how she gets across the pass, as long as she does, and soon. Hiring handsome pack guide Jeremy Duncan seems to be her best choice. Especially after she saves a young girl being beaten by the local gang leader and needs to escape Skagway fast.


Buy Links:

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Bio: With sixteen published books, three novellas, and an anthology, award-winning author, Paty Jager is never at a loss for story ideas and characters in her head. Her rural life in central and eastern Oregon, and interests in local history and the world around her, keeps the mystery and romance ideas flowing. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

You can learn more about Paty at her blog;  her website; or on Facebook;!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag.



10 Responses to Paty Jager Talks About Why She Switched To Self-Publishing

  1. Paty Jager
    on November 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for having me here today.

    • Lynn on November 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Always glad to have you here, Paty.

  2. Melissa Keir
    on November 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for the post. I’m also going Indie. What a fun ride! I love your covers. Your daughter is very talented!

    • Paty Jager
      on November 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Hi Melissa, Thank you! I am lucky I have a talented daughter.

  3. Nicola on November 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the interesting blog! Love Paty’s books and hearing about her creative process!

    • Lynn on November 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      So do I, Nicola. Paty’s always interesting to talk with.

    • Paty Jager
      on November 16, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Hi Nicola, I never know if I’m boring someone with stuff I find interesting. Thank you for stopping in and your kind words.

  4. Genene on November 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I love reading stories that aren’t considered commercially marketable by big publishers, and think all of your readers are fortunate you went Indie, Paty. 🙂

    • Paty Jager
      on November 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Awe… Thanks Genene. I do tend to write what publishers are scared to touch.

  5. Rosemary Indra on November 17, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Paty You’re always so busy. I enjoy reading what you’re doing.

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