Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Why I started this site.
Readers have so many hesitations when they’re asked to test the waters of Indie authors. They’ve heard horror stories from other readers as to what they might find themselves immersed in once they take the plunge. There are a few readers who are the exception. They have taken a flying leap into the depths of our writing and found themselves eager to take another plunge into the seemingly endless wealth of talented writers. Unfortunately, there are those that have cannonballed into the shallow end of Indie writing and run away to never return for fear of suffering another headache. Sadly, I can’t say that I blame them.
The ability of Indie authors to write books on the same level as those put out by traditional publishers has always been questionable. There are many Indie authors who have proper writing credentials, whether they are the result of years put in at a University or natural raw talent developed over the years through stolen moments at a keyboard. Indie authors have been kept in the dark far too long.
Just when we build the courage to step forward, the overzealous egos of a few writers that have come before us have casted a dark cloud of bad impressions that sent us back into the shadows of the traditionally published writer. I’m tired of being in their shadow, and I want the rest of us to emerge as well. We dedicate hours of our lives that we will never gain back to create these worlds, these people and creatures that exist in them and share their stories with anyone willing to spend a few hours in return to explore them-and that deserves recognition. We deserve our moment to step in the sunlight where others can take notice.
Sometimes the sunlight is warm and welcoming. Other times the sunlight is harsh and unbearable. Before you are bold enough to step into the light for others to see, be sure you’ve checked yourself in the mirror.