Happy July 1, everyone! In just a few short days, America will be celebrating its independence. Today, however, those of us in the book industry are celebrating our own independence.
It’s Indie Author Pride Day!
Once upon a time, you had to have a contract and a big publishing house in order to write books for everyone to read. But now, the dream of becoming a published author is coming true for writers everywhere, and not just those select few.
Don’t get me wrong. I love those select few and the books that they write. They’re the ones who inspired me to begin writing in the first place. Meg Cabot, JK Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, Suzanne Collins… All heroes in my eyes. But my fellow independent authors, those who go to work for themselves every day, those who make their own dreams come true, they’re my heroes also.
I get asked a lot whether or not I considered traditional publishing. The answer is, “Yes, of course.” But ultimately, I decided to go the independent route because I wanted to be in charge of my own work, my own deadlines. I also knew that if I didn’t love and believe in my books enough to give them 110%, then why should I expect anyone else to?
I love my life as an independent author. I love that I get to write the books I want to read. I also love that I get to help and encourage other aspiring authors to make their dreams come true. I love this community. Everyone is kind and accepting and supportive. I can’t imagine a better workplace environment than the one I find amongst the independent authors.
Finally, and this might seem a little self-congratulatory, but I’m proud of myself and I’m so very proud of my books. I’m proud of all the things I didn’t know that I would or could do. I’m proud that I believed in myself enough to take the chance, and I’m eternally grateful to my loved ones who believed in me and supported me when they really had no reason to. In fact, they probably shouldn’t have. I hope everyday that I make them proud, especially my family. I hope I make their love and support worth their while. I hope I prove I’m worthy of that support.
I love you all. I’m so proud of all you, writers, photographers, dreamers, readers… Your futures are so bright!