Indie Authors: How to Survive in the Ocean

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.”

C.S. Lewis

There’s no need for a competitive attitude. We want our fellow Indie authors to succeed. Every time one of us writes a great novel, it’s a victory for all of us. And, like it or not, every time a poorly edited book is published, the reputation of all Indie authors suffer. We must work together and encourage every author to publish high quality, well-edited books, so that public perception of Indie books will gradually change.

We’re not competing for readers. The voracious readers who buy most of the books could never be satisfied by the writings of a single author. We need to band together so when readers are hungry, they will go to the “restaurant row” of Indie authors to find food.

Together, we stand a fighting chance. And we can all get along “swimmingly!”

By | 2017-05-25T10:03:00+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Advice and Tips, Author Resources|


  1. Audrey Rich February 25, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Love this!

  2. Cassidy Salem February 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm


  3. Onisha Ellis February 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    We are living in a revolutionary era in the world of words. It is a time to celebrate not compete against one another. I agree with you, cheer each other onto success, commiserate when things go badly and above all, keep on writing!!

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