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Has it hit you yet? You are an author. No. You're more than that. You are an indie author. You possess something authors working under the restraints of a book contract don't possess. You have freedom. Freedom to write and publish whatever you wish. There is no one to tell you no or question your every literary move. You are in complete control.

With this power comes great responsibility. You have a sacred contract to fulfill as an indie author and that is to take advantage of your freedom and honor your independence. Take risks. Give readers something they could never get from a traditional publishing house.

I'm not suggesting you arbitrarily take a risk. I'm suggesting that you not always make the commercial choice. Write what your heart tells you to write. In essence, be true to yourself. It's what will set your books apart from other authors.

You not only owe it to you and your readers. You owe it to the industry. Change is the key to not just sustaining the publishing industry. It's the key to growing the publishing industry, and if traditional publishers are sticking to formulaic storylines and cookie-cutter characters, there is only one place that all important change will come from, you and your fellow indie authors.

So, I ask you again. Has it hit you yet? You are an indie author, and that makes you a pivotal part of the entire publishing industry. The constant state of change needed to keep the industry relevant starts with you.

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Richard Ridley is an award winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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Nov 30, 2017 11:23 PM llwroberts    says:

Great article, and I agree completely.

Dec 11, 2017 3:36 PM ClaraBee    says:

Wow. Sometimes, I'm just scrolling, and I read something that clicks with clarity. Insight sets in, and I understand. Great article!

Jul 16, 2018 4:28 AM AnnaMid    says:

What's the school of your dream? I guess the one that doesn't prevent you from doing things you like and fosters to develop your talents. You might read the article about unique schools which look exactly as you imagine them.