The Indie Revolution Inferiority Complex, by Lenore Skomal:
“When I moved to Erie, Penn. from the New York metro area, I quickly recognized one thing: my new cityhad an inferiority complex.
“Even though this coastal town has stunning sunsets, affordable and abundant lake front property, low cost of living, an excellent environment for raising kids and could very well be the best kept secret in the country, the people who live here don’t get it. The natives make fun of Erie, slap it around like a used mop and jump at the chance to denigrate it.
“I don’t get it. Where I come from, you’re proud of your hometown, warts and all.
“It didn’t take long for my husband and me to realize that the pervasive putdowns common among the residents went a long way to stigmatize this once bustling manufacturing city. And now, not just the folks who live here believe it, so does everyone else.
“The same thing is well on its way to happening to the independent self-publishing movement.
“Being a newbie to self-publishing (one and a half years), I can clearly see the similarities. The movement already suffers from an inferiority complex. Underlying our rally cry, ‘We are Indie, hear us roar,’ I can’t help but sense the word left unsaid at the end is, “Right?”
Read the rest of the article here. It’s an interesting take on our Indie view of self: Novel Publicity & Co.
Contributed by J. R. Barrett