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Why do some people think it is cool for film makers and musicians to invest in their work but not authors?

It won't be long before indie authors get the recognition indie film makers now enjoy

As the indie publishing revolution rolls on, I find it fascinating that one of the criticisms leveled at writers who choose self publishing is that they are not a “true” authors because they invest in their work instead of waiting for an advance,. In other words, in the eye of the critics, an author is only an author if someone else says he or she is. To be blunt, I think that is ludicrous. Film makers who invest in their work are not considered less of a talent. In fact, the independent director has spawned a whole new approach to making and producing films. As result, exciting events like the Sundance film festival have cropped up to provide a showcase of some of the up and coming talent. Likewise, bands who invest to make their own recordings and promote them via the internet and music festivals are not thought of as less gifted. Why then should authors who make a similar commitment be labeled as foolish? Believing in your own creative work to the point of investing in it should be admired not scorned.


11 thoughts on “Why do some people think it is cool for film makers and musicians to invest in their work but not authors?

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  2. nfurlong says:

    Hi Keith,

    As a published indie author, I couldn’t agree more with your comments and was glad to hear them offered by someone else.

    A while back, I wrote something similar in my blog:

    “For some reason, self promotion in the book publishing biz is considered distasteful and vain. I have found this attitude particularly vexing, especially since I’ve noticed the complete opposite in the screenwriting/filmmaking industry.”

    I put some money, heart and soul into an online multimedia story ( and was hammered by some who disagreed with my self-publishing effort. How is this any different than the indie filmmaker maxing out their credit card to create their film and then flogging it at film festivals trying to find an audience?

    Thanks for your comments and support! Cheers.

    Nicola Furlong

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  4. klerck says:

    Hi Keith. Thanks for this perspective; really helps. Have done it once and keen to do it again. I would like very much to be able to communicate with you personally about a professional issue. Would it be possible to email you?

    regards, Michael Klerck:

  5. johnblossom says:

    Great post. Your analogy to the “indie” movie industry is great. People with independent vision can foster something powerful. Major book publishers cater to an increasingly narrow slice of potential topics, either hyper-specialized or hyper-mass-market. The middle ground is for us. I wrote my first book, “Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives and Our Future” for John Wiley & Sons and for what they invested and what I invested it may as well have been an indie book. What we need are industry metrics that can be used to rank indie authors as effectively as mainstream publishing gets its own publishers ranked. But, as with newspapers and magazines, the lack of these metrics for online publishing has created a window of opportunity for independent publishers to create market share with or without the metrics.

    • keithogorek says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Metrics on Indie authors would likely add even greater evidence of the growth we are seeing in this group. Oh, and when you are ready to publish your second book, let me know. We can make it an indie title.

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