the indie manifesto


I wrote this manifesto back in 2014 when I was all full of the fire of being an independent creative.

It was one part bird-flipping and one part fire-raising -- I was tired and mutinous, refusing to accept that I would have to wait for Someone to choose my work as worthy for publication, which is the standard to which I'd been raised to accept.

After all, if you're not traditionally published, you're not really an author.  To admit you self-publish, is to admit defeat. Like, you had to settle because you weren't quite good enough.

I think this propensity to self-apologize for independent status is the sole province of writers -- because independent visual artists/craftspersons are quite acceptable to polite society.  It's entirely fabulous to sell your art on Etsy or at a craft fair or market. It's applauded and admired and rabidly encouraged.  Licensing [which I assume to be the equivalent of traditional publishing] is an option, but certainly not a necessity, nor even desirable.

Somehow, though, writing and publishing has retained an element of snobbery - there's still a sort of hierarchy or class system in place - whereby people look at you slightly askance if you admit to self-publishing.  Perhaps that's the function of the big publishing houses -- cognizant as they are of how quickly the indie market is rising. Or maybe it's just so deeply ingrained in the collective psyche of the pre-digital generations that it's hard to shake.  Whatever the reason, I do believe the tide is turning. There's plenty of evidence to support that claim - and even if there weren't, I'd still be going this route.

So, without further ado.....[feel free to pin, tweet, post, share etc. - i trust credit will be assigned accordingly].

I hope it goes without saying, but I'll say it just in case, that this applies to all forms of creative expression -- not just writing.

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Go ahead, be indie.