Meet our Team
Let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Lisa Orban, and in 2013 I sat down and started my first book, publishing two years later in October of 2015 as an Indie author. I have since written a total of four books, in three genres, and created four adult coloring books as well. All Indie published.
I will admit, when I began my adventure in publishing I had no idea what I was getting myself into nor realize the enormity of the learning curve when I sent my first book out into the world until the reality of the situation crashed down, and I began my crash course in all things publishing. Even now, I continue to learn new things as the publishing world grows, changes and adapts to the ever changing landscape we navigate through.
In the years since I published my first book, I have learned one constant that has not changed, as sad as it is to say, Indie authors are often seen as the unwanted stepchildren of the publishing world. Traditional Houses will shun you, vanity publishers will prey on you, bookstores avoid you, and libraries are wary of you. As individuals, Indies are subject to the whims of companies like Amazon, tolerated so long as we continue to bring in a profit at little to no cost to them, but ignored if anything goes wrong for any reason. Indies are allowed, but not respected.
In 2017, this disconnect between Indie authors and the rest of the publishing world started me thinking that a new kind of publishing house, catering to Indies, that was not vanity press only in it for whatever money the traffic would bear, nor a more traditional publishing house that would give you a contract if you fit their narrow definition of a profitable author, but takes away creative control of your books once submitted, was needed. And so, I started Indies United, a place where Indies are welcomed and encouraged in a community of like-minded authors.