This post is extending on some thoughts offered in a previous post sparked by the question, “Is there something like the equivalent of an Indie Music label for publishing?”
I’ve gone over how I think it’s harder for emerging writers to emerge, compared to emerging bands and musicians.
But to answer the original question, technically there is an Indie Publishing equivalent. Indie Publishing, self-publishing, vanity publishing or POD printing is all available. But as the unkind term ‘vanity publishing’ might suggest, it’s not seen in the same light in the world of writers.
Independently publishing a book and not going through a big publisher or at least small press is seen as impatient or simply non-viable, which may indeed be true in a lot of cases. Constantly writers tell those wanting to go it alone that the self-published market is full of crap books, and the only reason they’re going alone is because publishers won’t take them.
So it’s probably true that a lot of self-published stuff is unedited, pure crap that can’t compete with the stuff HarperCollins publishes. But it’s also a generalisation to say that this is the only reason to self-publish.
It also begs to question, how can bands get away with it? Surely the same rule applies. Plenty of Indie Music is probably shit, but that’s hardly emphasised to the up and coming band who decides this route. Or is there something I’m missing?
I guess I’m constantly left with more questions than answers in this game hopefully voicing my thoughts here, making the points, finding the contradictions might encourage some of you to offer comments and ask questions of your own.
writing, books, publishing, Indie Publishing, Indie Music, POD