In the ocean, some small fish can be found schooling in large numbers. By working together, fish can swim for longer periods of time, drafting to save energy. Close proximity allows them to travel though colder waters. And they can also avoid predators more effectively than if they swam alone.
As Indie authors, we are small fish swimming in a vast sea. We can either compete with one another or we can work together, for the benefit of all.
Merriam-Webster defines comrades-in-arms as “a friend made in military service: a fellow soldier.” If I say I think my fellow Indie authors are comrades-in-arms, I’m implying we are fighting a battle. And I believe we are engaged in battle every day.
We’re fighting a common perception that an Indie author’s writing is inferior. We’re fighting against a sales and review system that benefits the authors contracted with big publishing houses. We are fighting to be seen in a sea of authors and books.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”