I was asked a question by a writer friend of mine a week or so ago, one of the people I got to know during my years working in the RPG Industry. He asked me why instead of concentrating on my own ideas and just pushing my work I’m taking the time to work with other writers. He wanted to know why I was spending so much time on other people’s stories when I have so many of my own.
Fair enough question, because I enjoy it?
Okay that maybe true but it’s far from the main reason. Like a lot of veteran writers I was once a new writer (shocker right) and like a LOT of new writers I was taken advantage of by someone I trusted. No need to rehash that ancient and buried history there are those who say I’ve done that more than enough in the last seven years. But to make a long and stupid story short suffice it to say I leaned from the experience without letting it destroy me.
How did I make it through the depression after the experience?
Well after my friends and family it was the Indie Writer community. The support I received was instrumental in rebuilding my nascent career and taking the steps needed to make it to the next rungs on the publishing ladder. I learned a lot in the years I “Went It Alone” I made my share of mistakes and tripped in the common potholes we all find hidden on the path. I know it sounds a little conceited but I like to think I can help new writers avoid some of the more painful mistakes I made along the way.
Yeah that sounds douchey even to me but it’s true.
So that’s why our bizarre and wonderful little indie family is here. Yes, of course, we want to make money but we also want to encourage new people. We want to branch into every genre and when I say every genre I do mean EVERY GENRE. If one of us breaks off and hits it big with one of the Big 5 or as an indie it’s not jealousy I’ll feel it’s the same pride I felt when my daughter walked across the stage at her High School graduation two months ago.
I do this because I love it and I will never be ashamed of that.
Josh Hilden (Co-Head Monkey)
New Releases: Genre
The Long Night Book 1: Night Falls – By Josh Hilden Sci-Fi
Shattered Earth Chapter 31: Key and Lock – By Josh Hilden Sci-Fi
The DPA/Marquette Institute Collection Vol. 1 – By Josh Hilden Horror/Sci-Fi
The Dawn Diaries Entry 1: Playing Games – Jess Blake Erotica
Under the Lake: A Mythos Novella – Josh Hilden Horror/Sci-Fi