I have had a hard time coming to grips with the terms writer and author. For the longest time I refused to be acknowledged as either. I didn’t like the label “writer”. I had such a horrible stereotype in my head, especially “indie writer”. Those people seemed so pompous, self-proclaimed enlightened. You all know the type. I just assumed they self-published because they couldn’t get a real publisher to pick up their work, obviously there was something wrong with their writing.
A lot has changed since those arrogant days. Now I am one of those indie writers. I haven’t published yet, but plan on it by the beginning of 2014, possibly earlier depending on how motivated I can stay. My opinions of writers and authors have changed to, do I still think they are pompous and arrogant? You better believe it! But not all of them and definitely not the majority of us. I have found they are either young still trying to find their voice or they too are playing off of a stereotype of what they think a writer should be like. In the age of eBooks and digital media I have been introduced to a lot of indie authors and I have to say some of the books I have read are just as good or better than New York Times Bestsellers! I originally want to publish in the traditional method, but now I have decided to forgo that idea and publish myself. I may not make it big, but that’s not my end goal. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to quit my day job and just write. My goal is get my work out there and share a story with someone. I don’t care how many people. I want the story to be mine… not what a marketing team, editor, publisher believes will sell more books. So I have joined the leagues of indie writers.
Only one thing remains the same is I still have difficulties describing myself as a writer. I don’t like the constricts of a title. I’m more than a writer. Being a writer is only a part of me, it’s not me. I don’t describe myself as a Records Manager (my day job) or a photographer (one of my many hobbies), or a yogi; so why would I want to call myself a writer? I am a person who earns money being a records manager, passes her time taking photographs, enjoys the freedom and insight from doing yoga and enjoys telling a story.
So who am I? I am a woman with a dream of sharing her stories with those who want to read them. I hope to find a following and learn a little bit about the self-publishing and indie writer markets.