I’ve got something a bit different for you today, instead of a blog post around the subject of writing, I am branching out into reviews. I have been inspired by the number of people who are labelled as ‘indie’ writers, artists or musicians and who relentlessly pursue their dream of making a living from their art.
It strikes me that the term ‘indie’ is coined by many to describe an artist’s status of not being signed by a publisher, agent or label. I’ve heard people use the phrase in a derogatory way, ‘oh, they’re an indie writer, they self publish.”, “they’re in a band that isn’t signed, they’re paying for it all themselves.”. What they actually mean is that they haven’t yet got a team of people to control the huge marketing machine required to bring their creative outpourings to the attention of the masses.
There is a huge pool of massively talented individuals out there who remain independent of the machines of industry, either by choice or by circumstance, but who work just as hard, if not harder, to produce their art. The only difference is, you don’t know who they are yet. It doesn’t mean that they’re any less worthy of your time or attention or that their work isn’t just as good as the names that you know.
I want to do my bit to help those indie artists who need a leg up, I’m not claiming that my mediocre following on WordPress or Twitter will make a huge difference to anyone but if a few of you agree with me or like what I’m showing you, you might reblog or retweet this to your followers and help a fellow artist. You might even want to pop over to their website and leave a review. We all know that reviews are lifeblood to indie artists, they are little bundles of joy that we read when we need a boost and give us that frisson of excitement needed to carry on doing what we love. If we all do our bit, we can make a difference.
I’m going to review a book or album once a month on this blog and provide you with all of the information you’ll need to explore the artist yourself. I will start this on the first of November and aim to do the same on the first Sunday of every month. If you are an indie artist who would like a review, please get in touch and I’d be happy to include you on the list.
My first review will be the debut EP Good Fruit Costs a Bit More by a East Midlands based artist Scott Ballard. Be sure to check in on Sunday to hear what I thought of it.
The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller Six Word Story Challenge will be uploaded at 9am tomorrow morning (GMT) as usual. If you love creating micro fiction, please be sure to pop by and enter your story.