Indie Author Manifesto

Yesterday’s roundup by Joanna had an interesting post from Smashwords’ Mark Coker. The site’s founder created an indie author manifesto, empowering and highlighting just how far the world of self-publishing has come.

Certainly, the freedom of publishing has allowed many more to find their voices and given them a bigger platform to be heard.

Some of the points from Coker’s manifesto include:

– I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing
– I have a right to publish
– My creative control is important to me. I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book.

The manifesto is interesting, but the reality is that indie authors are still here and still fighting. For as many success stories as there are, it seems someone else wants to shut them down and not give credence to their books.

We all know some books aren’t perfect. I review books for a site that only showcases indie books. Some of the books have not been good, full of mistakes and poor sentences. Yet, I have read some great books. I can say the same, however, about traditionally published books.

There is an important note in the manifesto:

– Indie does not mean “alone.” I choose my partners.

All writers could use help. This could mean help with cover design, formatting, editing, plot questions, character development, and more. There are a number of forums, Facebook groups, writing groups where authors help each other.

Coker has been a champion for indie authors for many years, and the manifesto is just another step in that direction.