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.