I have decided this. I’ve always thought being “indie” sounded badass, underground and hip. But I never quite made the plunge like I’ve recently decided to do. I think maybe the ideal is to join up—to become a cog in a literary agency and find publication through a well-known name that will really get your work out there (and quite possibly even support you financially). But even being backed by an established name like Penguin or Simon & Schuster or Harlequin carries the danger of being swept under the rug, lost in a sea of pro-writers. You have to promote YOU, Indie or no.
I've recently run into a snob de littérature (who's screen name shall remain nameless) who gathered up the keyboard courage on a writing forum I visit to scoff at fellow writers who employ free websites to promote their writing...simply because of their being free. To that, I say, HA. And HA again. I'll continue using BlogSpot, and applaud other impoverished writers smart enough to use the tools at their disposal. I'll also use the free publishing services at Amazon, and save what little funds I have to ensure some professional grade editing, and to purchase more great writers' works. I may be the poor man's writer, but that doesn't mean I don't love art. So, keep on with BlogSpot and Wordpress and economic venues of self-publishing. If I haven't made it big yet, at least I can work and get my work out, then see what happens. So, yeah, down with the man and all that.
Thanks for reading! I'll leave you with an image that inspired one of the four shorts to appear in my collection, which involves Paris and prostitutes. Here's the Pont Louis Philippe:
Gorgeous or what? Happy reading. Write (and publish) hard!