Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

Independence, Freedom, and Self-Determination


For thousands of years, most writers have worked alone, then faced the challenge of finding readers.

Indie Authors

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Some, of course, didn’t care if anyone read their work—they’d just had to write it

These days, many folks have the impression that “being a writer” automatically means the person wants to make a living with their authorial efforts.

And, these days, it’s just a bit more likely a writer could make a living with words—if they work awfully hard or happen to catch a genre-wave at the right moment.

If you want some sage information about writers making money, check out the info I reported on in these past posts:

Is The Success of Indie Authors Just A Bunch of Hype?

Making A Living As A Writer . . .

Certainly, self-publishing has enabled more writers than ever before to get their work published—having it read is up to one’s manipulation of the mysterious forces that swirl around the mountain of Book Promotion

Recently, Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, wrote an article called Indie Author Manifesto.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

“…as any indie author will tell you, the joy of self publishing cannot be distilled to dollar metrics alone.  How does one describe the importance of independence, freedom and self-determination?”

Yes, self publishing will enable more horrible books to be published than ever before, but it will also enable more better books to be published…”

It’s not an exaggeration to describe the indie author revolution as a global cultural movement.”

What does it mean to be an indie author?  I’ve distilled the movement down to ten principles that I think capture the mindset of indie authors.”

I am an indie author

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.

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

I shall not bow beholden or subservient to any publisher. In my business relationships, I seek partnership, fairness, equity and mutually aligned interests.

We indie authors comprise diverse writers unified by a common purpose to advance, empower and celebrate writers everywhere.

I am a professional.  I take pride in my work, and I strive to improve my craft to better serve my readers, myself, my fellow indie authors and the culture of books.

My writing is valuable and important.  This value and importance cannot be measured by commercial sales alone.

I celebrate the success of my fellow indie authors, for their success is mine, and mine theirs.

Together we are pioneering a better future for books marked by greater quality, creativity, diversity, choice, availability, affordability and accessibility.

And, if you like that Manifesto and want one to hang over your writing space, go check out the free download at the end of Mark’s article :-)
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10 responses to “Independence, Freedom, and Self-Determination

  1. 1REAL GIRL WRITER April 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    You have sage info. I wish I had time to do what you reveal!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Well, Real Girl Writer, I’m kind of “cheating”—living on a small military pension and very glad the US government is funding the most important activities I’ve ever engaged in… :-)

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      • 1REAL GIRL WRITER April 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Well your excellent. In my “pocket” and RSS.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai April 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

          Thank you, Ma’am :-)

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          • 1REAL GIRL WRITER April 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

            Can I re-post some of your articles? I’m an .org So I don’t have the luxury of hitting the square and will manually write your URL and a snippet as to why you should be read. Do you ping or track back? I’m not really up on the trackback. Check out my site. I write “slice of life” comedy articles for the local newspaper and poetry. You can bring CREDIBILITY to me! Plus it would force me to really read you and learn.

            That is a true investment for this single working mom on welfare working three jobs!

            BTW- You say your blogging all the time because your retired. Alexander, You’re still doing it! That take commitment and perseverance. Don’t sell yourself short.

            Mary

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            • Alexander M Zoltai April 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

              Re-post Away !! :-)

              I do know that if I link to one of my own posts, I get a pingback—I’m not very knowledgeable about all that

              Thank you, again, for the compliments

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              • 1REAL GIRL WRITER April 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

                Thanks. Feel free to reblog my work. If you want randomly ridiculous writings that take nothing seriously, I’m your girl.

                Be well – but my poetry is my alter-ego.

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                • Alexander M Zoltai April 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

                  Hey, folks, go visit 1REAL GIRL WRITER’s blog—I’m adding to my Blog Roll :-)

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                  • 1REAL GIRL WRITER April 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm

                    Thank you! You are very kind.

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  2. Marytg66 August 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Sorry to hear about your situation? I have a website from godaddy.com. WordPress is the platform I use. Websites are secure (supposedly), blogs… I’m not an expert. You get what you pay for. Sadly free is any easy target. I’m sure you reported it and changed your password.

    I lknow you put a lot of excellent work on your blog. Blogs do get traffic easily. My site doesn’t . There are pros and con… Artists. You have a huge following, go website, they will follow you.

    Best.

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