Indie writers are gluttons for punishment!


What keeps indie writers going? What keeps any writer going for that matter? The driving force behind one is no more or less important than the force behind the other one.

For some it’s “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” that keeps them going. Visions of best-sellerdom and fame plague their thoughts often (no judging here). For some it’s a lifelong dream/goal to accomplish. And for others, some simply have no choice but to keep going because they’ve quit their jobs, downsized their lifestyle and it is now what they live for—the unwavering pursuit of becoming an author. Writing is a decision based on need…the need to voice and feel raw, pure emotion, or to make money, no matter the genre.

From what I have seen in the last year, indie writers have to be gluttons for punishment after all they must endure. They crave feedback (the good, the bad and the ugly). They experience criticism, that inevitable taunt and gut punch from book reviewers, bloggers and yes, friends and family at times with a judge-y, disapproving glare.

Luckily, writers can take the punches and recover by treading onward and upward on their quest. They take punches in the same spirit an aspiring actor or musician continues to do—by showing up for audition after audition, hoping, but also believing their big break will happen with the next one…the next book they write. They take the sting of salt-in-wound and rub it in until it stings no more. They cry and fall to their knees in private, cursing the decision to write in the first place. And then they get up, stand tall and begin the clacking of keys all over, churning out page after page again.

Indie writers may be gluttons for punishment, but they’re my HEROES!

Categories: The Writing Life.


  1. Charles Franklin

    I understand your reasoning. As a book publicist, I have come across indie authors who have “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”, but I also have come across indie authors who were inspired by extraordinary events in their lives, wanting to leave a legacy, and other reasons.

    I guess it all just depends. The indie author revolution, along with the social media and digital publishing revolution, came at the right time for this to come about. As a result, the world gets a chance to see author’s and their motivations.

  2. Absolutely delightful and revealing. Thanks for peeling the skin off that onion–layer by layer. It almost hurt to read as feelings of truth came up. I’m a newbie indie writer/publisher, and I’m so glad to be on this journey.

  3. I wrote my first novel because the plot got stuck in my head and simply had to be written, even though it felt overwhelming. The sequel happened much the same way. Subsequent books have fallen into the “now what can I write?” category and of course there have been champagne dreams, but that was never the start nor was seeking fame the impetus.
    If I hadn’t written that first novel, I would have regretted it the rest of my life. That was the driving reason to write it.

    • Profile photo of A.M. Day

      I’m with you on that. As much as I try not to have any regrets…I would have to say that not writing my first novel would’ve been the regret of all regrets. Thanks for sharing! Happy you churned out that first book, Jason. Congrats!

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  4. Awesome post! I agree 100%. Being an Indie is not easy to say the least. I always thought writing the book was the hardest thing I had every done because it took 3 years, but now that it’s published, promoting and taking the criticism is giving writing a run for it’s money. But like you said…I’m gonna keep going, I’m gonna stand strong even on those days when I feel like I want to pull everything back in a protect myself. Ahh..the life of a person with words inside them dying to speak…it’s a rough one. Loved the post, you wrote it beautifully! 🙂

    • Profile photo of A.M. Day

      Thank you, Victoria. Definitely do relate, but what are we gonna do? We write because we have to. Criticism comes and goes, but our words will stay for the long haul. When you feel like you want to pull everything back in and protect yourself, remember why you write. Let it free…let it flow! I’ve learned that promotion needs to start when you start writing the book, before first chapter is done. Lol. Yes, it can be rough and wonderful all at once! I love this writing life! Thank you for sharing and showing your vulnerable side–that’s always a refreshing side of the human spirit.

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