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The Indie/Traditional Debate. Can’t We All Just Get Along?

November 18, 2014

Great post, this; well worth checking out!

Tammy Farrell

You’re not the cool kid.

If you’re an indie author, I think you’ve figured out by now that we’re the underdogs, the gnats in traditional publishing’s ear, and the ones the traditionally published kids don’t want to sit with in the cafeteria.

I came in to the publishing game with rose colored glasses, a positive attitude, and a love for the supportive writing community I’d found. More than one year later the rose colored glasses are off, and I’m well aware that members of the “community” I loved so very much are often sneering at us behind our backs.

I don’t mean to say all traditional authors minimize the accomplishments of indie authors. There are many who genuinely cheer us on, showcase our books, congratulate us when we have success, and happily share the road with us.

But the judgment of indie authors is everywhere, and it’s getting harder to…

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  1. Tammy makes a excellent point: Just because a writer chooses to self-publish doesn’t mean a) their work isn’t any good, b) they’re impatient to break into the market, or c) they’re being lazy. It’s a choice – just like traditional publishing is a choice. Both arenas should be embraced. I know I’d prefer to have my story traditionally published, but I wouldn’t be opposed to self-publishing if Plan A doesn’t work out – and I wouldn’t turn my nose up at other writers who have self-published, especially since I have friends who have done so.

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