What is Art, Anyway? JASON BLACK
Instincts and Taking Risks KIRK FARBER
Confessions of a Music Elitist PAUL BLAKE
On Running and Writing: Thoughts on Process SARAH MARTINEZ
Wake Up Dreaming STEPHANIE MABEY
Photography as a Form of Art MICHELE RENDER
The Use of Social Media for Authors LIZ BORINO
The Written Life ADI ALSAID
Authoritative List of Questions That Define You (or Someone You’re Writing About) SARA ADAMS
Dear Mr. Bradbury JOHN J. WALSH IV
Getting the Story Out in 300 Words LILY PIERSON
The Art of War MAXIMILIAN URIARTE
Understanding “Show, Don’t Tell” Part Two JASON BLACK
Interview with VIII Days Clean PAUL BLAKE
Building a Suburban Poetry Community MICHAEL DYLAN WELCH
10 Reasons You Should Become an Indie Publisher NATHAN EVERETT
Literary and Poetry Contributors
Christian Crocker, Jared Waters, Kathleen Gabriel, Robin Elliott, Ken Davis, Stefan A. Keel, Tim Sallinger, Karen Looney, Faith Eaton, Amanda Siegel, Shannon C. Unick, Favor Ellis, Amie Dahnke, Akinfe Fatou, Garrett James, GB Logan, Michael Patrick McSweeney
Photography and Art Contributors
Brittany Marshall, Xenia Rollinson, Cathi Thornton, Elyse Kufeldt, Jesse Rogers, Alan P. Scherer Jr, Rashid Gabdulhakov, Robert Harrison, Becky Holladay, Sarah G. Young, Maximilian Uriarte, Meri Bastedo, Habib Ayat, Nicholas Thompson, Madane Bastero, Kevin Van Dyken
What’s an Indie?
So what is an indie? Are you an indie? Am I an indie?
It seems, especially in the past year or so, the word “indie” has crept heavy into the literary scene. The rest of the art world has been using this term frequently for years, but writers have shied away from it. So the question is: why?
The honest reason? Writers want to hold on to “the dream” with a death grip. It’s the dream – the one we’ve had since we were five or six. It’s the lakeside log cabin and a typewriter. It’s our license to be eccentric, well-paid authors who hide out and write (except for the occasional moments in which we grace our adoring public at a book signing). It’s the dream of publication. It’s the thought of a major publishing house offering us a lot of money to create. And who doesn’t want that? The reality is, a lot of us aren’t going to get that, because it’s a lot like playing the lottery. I’ve known so many amazing writers who run the hamster wheel of traditional publishing and come out with nothing to show for it. At this point, those people have taken a step back and realized that they don’t owe the publishing companies a damn thing.
This is our art; we own it.
So what do we do about it? Instead of waiting for the fatherly approval of the traditional publishing industry, we take our art into our own hands. In the past, indie authors were “self-publishers” – a term often used to demean and discredit someone who wasn’t traditionally published. The attitude of “The only people forced to self-publish are those who aren’t good enough” acts as if self-publishing is the only last possible route after 500 rejection letters. Taking ownership of our art doesn’t make us any worse or any better, it’s still our art. We have put as much blood, sweat and tears into our novels, paintings, albums and poetry as any other artist out there. So now’s the time to take back our art. Now’s the time to be an indie artist. Now is the time to create art for the sake of art, not for the sake of the industry’s bottom line. You can still have your cabin on the lake, but this time it will be on your terms.
So to answer the question: am I an indie? Hell yes, and proud of it.
Renda Dodge – Managing Editor