I’ve just hit my 40th birthday and I’ve been doing a bit of navel gazing. Hence the title of this blog post. Enjoy.
Discovering indie music in the 80s was a revelation to me. I danced in my bedroom to The Smiths and New Order and felt like I was part of a special club. I was a teenage girl and I had my fair share of Wham and Duran Duran posters on my wall but there was something about the music that came out of the independent record labels Rough Trade and Factory Records that was just so damn good. I may have fancied the band members in Wham and Duran Duran (which is ironic in the case of George Michael as it turned out millions of teenage girls were barking up the wrong tree) and there’s nothing wrong with that. I still like a good sing along to ‘Rio’ in my car but when I heard the machine like bass of ‘Blue Monday’ thud out of my speakers and Johnny Marr’s guitar in ‘How Soon is Now’ I was in musical heaven. They were original, infectious and damn they were cool.
Fast forward to the 21st century and I wonder if the indie author can create what the indie band did in the 80s. I think so and I hope so. We’ve got the platforms now via Amazon and Smashwords and we’ve got the gadgets with the Kindle, Nook and Sony EReader, and with the generous royalty programmes offered they must be making the traditional agents and publishers sweat. The sales of ebooks are becoming seriously competitive and I can’t wait to read the indie book equivalent of The Smiths or New Order. I’ve already experienced some cracking reads via Lacey Dearie, Aster Briar and Julia Hughes (see my review page for the links) and KJ Bennet’s Pike’s Quest will be on there soon. John Locke, Louise Voss and Kerry Wilkinson became best sellers in the Kindle charts last year, I wonder who will in 2012?
It’s been a year since I was hankering over buying a Kindle and ten months since I bought one. I had also recently finished writing a novel called The Ghost Hunters Club after experiencing the world’s worst date. I had been thoroughly rejected by a man whose idea of a good time was chucking up in Leicester Square and the novel had been thoroughly rejected by a number of agents and I thought that was going to be that. I guessed that it was a bit on the odd side and the agents were either not going to get my brand of humour or they didn’t want to take the risk on something that might appear a bit different. But that all changed when a friend of mine sent me an article from the BBC website about indie publishing on Amazon. Now I’ve got three stories up on Amazon, several hundred downloads under my belt and nearly a thousand followers on Twitter and that’s all in the space of a few months. I may not have made a million yet but at least people are reading my stories. Let’s see what 2012 will bring and I wonder what I’ll be writing about on this blog on 12th February 2013.
If you want to read one of my stories, then visit my author page on Amazon to download onto your Kindle. They don’t cost a lot and might keep you entertained for a bit.