Last night while I sat eating soup in Panera Bread, I spotted a writer pal of mine. He told me he'd just uploaded his first ebook to Amazon. Ed has written for years, but like me, he didn't have much luck with the conventional route of agents and big publishing houses. But he kept writing, and taught himself to format his work for ebooks, and now he has a book out--THE PHANTOM CADET.
I really admire Ed's determination. It's a quality you see in creative people who work outside the usual big-business framework. You see it in musicians, artists, writers and more. Today at chimpwithpencil, I'm putting up links for folks who are hard-working independents.
Do you like art? Check out Jayson Kretzer's work. You can see a bunch of samples on his Deviant Art page, plus he has a web comic, Wannabe Heroes. Also check out Melike Acar. Like Jayson, she does some amazing sketch card work. Sketch cards are small art that pack a big punch!
You're reading this blog, so I suspect you may like blogging. (Yes, I have Sherlock Holmes-level deductive powers.) BookedUp is a book blog that features a lot of self-published novels with thoughtful reviews. For a combo platter of recipes, books and sewing, visit Milinda Jay's site. If you're into crime fiction and writing, take a look at AshEdit by writer and editor, Elaine Ash.
Visit Meow Press and see what writer/editor Anthony Buoni is up to. I know he's taking submissions for his next anthology of ghost stories, and he has a new screenplay/novel out titled CONVERSION PARTY (warning: site contains stuff not suitable for folks under age 18.)
Delve into the world of blogger/writer Tony Simmons on his site The Word. I particularly recommend his novel THE BOOKOF GABRIEL. If you want to try some of what I'd call Southern Gothic literature, see Nick May's novels MEGABELT and MINUTEMEN. For a taste of the traditional American South, see THE LADY AND HER PORCH by Carole Bailey.
In their own way, each of these people is working to put their creative work into your hands, so help them out.
(I probably forgot someone, so if I left you out, I apologize. It's hard to keep track of everyone and their current projects.)