Indie Writers vs. Indie Bands

Here’s an interesting article from The Hartford Courant:

In music, DIY is a source of credibility for acts that take pride in circumventing the music machine and the compromises often required to release an album through a record company, especially one of the major labels. With books, by contrast, do-it-yourselfers are usually regarded with skepticism, if not outright derision, when they pay to publish their own work through what is disdainfully referred to as a “vanity press.”

The Internet has helped to (slowly) change this. With many retail book stores vanishing from the streets, readers are turning online to find their books, and that makes it more likely they’ll stumble upon an indie author’s work. But there’s still risk. As was mentioned in the Courant article, there’s no track record with DIY authors, no guarantee that their books have been proofread or polished to any degree. Oftentimes it’s not obvious until you’ve received the thing in the mail.

Bands have an easier death. A new piece of music dies the night it is performed shittily. Audience members make a mental note: “This band sucks, don’t even buy a T-shirt from these schmucks—and certainly don’t buy their CD.” For writers it’s harder to clearly kick ass or outright suck. Writers don’t typically “perform” a work before it is published, and they certainly don’t go on tour unless they’ve got the financial clout and stage presence to do so. Again, the Internet is changing this. Blogs are to writers as nightclubs are to bands. Sort of. Well, with blogging the drinks aren’t usually as varied or well-mixed. ;)

2 thoughts on “Indie Writers vs. Indie Bands

  1. Jesse A ·

    I feel the net and other sites can change what writing is today, it will take time, and we’ll hit snags. Writers need to be able to reach out, and try not to stay restricted.

    It’s a given, the internet will open new doors. Readers will run into the bad, and good. It’s the writers who are able to fine the tools to reshape the face of literature, that will survive in this new age that’s to come.

    I’ll stop here, I seem to be heading into a rant.

  2. jesse ·

    There’s a happy compromise out there…somewhere. The previous generation of big time authors is winding down, and leagues of up-and-comers are stepping in to take their place – and they’re using the Internet to do a lot of it. It’s more than a simple passing of the torch. So many physical stores have closed. The Internet is the new playing field. ;)

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