The other day on twitter a fellow writer was tweeting about how one of his co-workers was critical of his writing status. “When are you going to become a real writer?” he had asked. Implying that independent publishing was an also-ran in the publishing world.
I responded by telling him to ignore such an ignorant comment, for it was made by someone who knows nothing about publishing.
Independent publishing has done wonders for so many writers who otherwise would’ve found themselves forgotten by the gatekeepers.
In the past ten years it has seen a massive influx in sales, and many independent published writers that I know have outsold traditionally published writers.
What does this mean for you and me?
It means that the stigma that was once associated with independent publishing is gone.
So the next time someone tells you you’re not a “real” writer just because your book isn’t published by a big press, make sure you set them straight.
Or better yet, just ignore them.