Today marks the start of Indie Crime Crawl week, an initiative to support and promote indie crime publishing. When the wonderful Jo Perry first voiced the idea a few months ago, it was a no brainer as far as I was concerned to be getting involved. This is exactly my kind of thing. Supporting indies, their writers and readers – hopefully introducing people to something new along the way. And all this within the crime genre, alongside horror its where most of my reading is done.
I have a number of posts planned across the week, including this one, and will be RTing anything I come across with the #IndieCrimeCrawl or as much as I can at least! As I was starting to think about what I wanted to cover though and the publishers I would be highlighting I also started to think about what Indie means. Or more specifically what it means to me. So, as we get started on what is promising to be a wonderful week promoting great indie crime fiction, I just wanted to share a few thoughts on what Indie publishing means to me as a reader and blogger.
So, what is Indie?
Indie is publishers
Indie is writers
Indie is readers
Indie is bloggers
Indie is welcoming
Indie is a community working and reading together for what they love
Indie is great stories, compellingly told
Indie is representation
Indie is inclusive
Indie is a space for all of us to be ourselves
Indie is global
Indie is new writing
Indie is taking a chance
Indie is a punk rock attitude
Indie is faith in others
Indie is giving a voice to those outside of the mainstream
Indie is for all genres
Indie is passion
Indie is love of the written word
Indie is not caring what the ‘market place’ says
Indie is not caring about word count or form
Indie is for the tale to be told
Indie is novels
Indie is novellas
Indie is short stories
Indie is poetry
Indie is individual
Indie is for everyone
Indie is whatever you want it to be….