I'm an indie writer. Not a self-publisher, not a vanity pubisher, an indie writer.
The distinction is an important one.
I feel I have a close kinship to someone like Ani DiFranco, an artist and individual who has been an important pioneer on the independent music scene. Ani had some mainstream success but felt autonomy over her music and her career had been taken out of her hands. She made the difficult and gutsy decision to break away from the industry, producing and distributing her music her way.
Like Ani, I had some measure of success with my work--anthology appearances with the likes of Graham Swift, A.S. Byatt, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke--but I tired of the bullshit and superficiality that went with going the traditional publishing route. After more than 20 years, I felt like I was spinning my wheels and wanted to forge my own direction while retaining complete control over my work.
And like Ani, I chose to turn my back on convention, gave up financial security, aspirations of fame and fortune in order to produce the sort of stories and novels that spoke most earnestly and intimately to me. I have no interest in the marketplace, the current flavor-of-the-day. I am creating work of power and lasting merit and I do not require the reassurances of sales figures, the tutelage of greedhead agents or editors who have to wear baggy pants to hide prehensile tails.
The quality of my work is consistently high, my readers responding with excitement to tales that defy categorization, cross boundaries and delineate original and unique universes where almost anything is possible.
Bored with formula, tuneless writing, flagrant hackery? Check out the growing world of indie writing. I think you'll be surprised by what you find, the intelligence, wit and imagination of the authors who have made it their home...
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