When in the course of self-publishing it becomes necessary for an indie author to dissolve the old ideological bands which have contrived to separate books from our audience, and to assume among the powers of publishing, the separate and equal station to which our independent books are worthy of reading. A respect for the opinions of booklovers everywhere requires that we should declare our books valuable, even as the big five try to create a distinction.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all books are created equal, and that they are endowed by their authors with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are voice, creative storytelling and the pursuit of readers. In order to secure these rights, new devices were invented and new platforms were created to allow the devotee of the written word to deem what is worthy to climb the New York Times Best Sellers List. That when any form of gatekeeper, be it agent, editor, copyeditor, publishing committee or retailer impedes the right of the reader to decide what is high-quality and praiseworthy of consumption, it is the right of those passionate about books to alter or abolish it, and to institute new ways of determining the next blockbuster. Prudence dictates that publishing long established should not be changed for light and transient causes, but when an extensive train of rejections by editors and agents, who invariably pursue the same “safe” content, reduces authors to doubt their talents and stories, it is their right and their duty to disregard the constraints of these gatekeepers and to seek new, respected opinion leaders to vet the future security of the most beloved book. Such has been the patient endeavor of independent authors, to throw off the old firewall and blaze a new trail. The history of traditional publishing is the establishment of absolute tyranny over what is read in this country!
Indie authors reject the assumption that anyone who can pen a shopping list can write a novel.
Indie authors reject the idea that because we are unknown we are untalented.
Indie authors reject the traditional detachment between reader and author.
Indie authors believe in the power of word of mouth recommendation.
Indie authors believe in climactic plots, strong heroes and heroines, and cringe worthy villains.
Indie authors believe in protecting our intellectual property.
Indie authors do not work for free, nor will we suffer piracy, which is a romantic word for stealing.
Indie authors believe we can manage our books’ marketing, public relations, pricing and distribution as well as any publisher.
Indie authors believe that if we share, collaborate and exchange information we can grow our platforms and brands.
Indie authors believe writing is a labor of love and books are created through talent, tenacity and team work.
We, therefore, the representatives of indie authors everywhere, assembled and appealing to the supreme judge, the reader, solemnly publish and declare, that we are free and independent writers, who will do our best to provide well written, expertly edited and perfectly packaged books worthy of your praise and accolades. That you will read, review and hold our work to a standard set by you, the esteemed booklover.
Elizabeth Marx, Illinois
Please add any ideas you think I missed in the comments & I’m looking for an indie author from every state and country to sign the declaration!!! Happy 4th of July and please accept this declaration in the spirit of independence that inspired it.