This is the story of a boy, his father, and a donkey. The man and his son went to town with the boy riding the donkey and the father leading it. They came upon a group of people who criticized them, saying, “hey, what are you doing? How could you let your father walk? He should be on the donkey!” Listening, the man and his father switched places. Now, his father rode on top the donkey and his son walked. They walked and came to another group of people who criticized them, saying, “how dare you have your son walking!” The boy and his father then tied the donkey to a pole, and both carried the donkey. They came to another group of people who laughed, saying, “that’s so silly! Why would you carry the donkey? Haha.” Eventually, the donkey fell off the pole and it exhausted both father and son.
I have summarized a story many of you already know or have heard before. Sometimes it is not the father and son but the husband and wife. The moral of the story is you can’t please everyone and if you try by listening to everyone, you will find yourself confused. As an Indie Author, I want you to remember your journey is and always will be unique. While I can give you an insight into my experience and while your experiences can be very similar, it will never be exactly the same. If everyone did things the exact same way, there would be nothing original. Your purpose differs from mine so your experience will be different. I’ve heard so much about Self-Publishing and I just have to shake my head because I have lived the complete opposite of the advice I read. If I heeded everything I read I would be just as silly as the father and son who thought it would be wise to carry a donkey on a pole. While this is a fictitious story it is also real. How many of us are carrying donkeys because people disagree with everything we do? All the father and son had to do was keep moving and block out the noise. And that’s all you have to do.
Independent – Free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority.
Think about that.
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3 thoughts on “A Word of Encouragement for Independent (Indie) Authors / Publishers”
Hi Yecheilyah, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having a tough time. Thanks for this encouraging post. I too have been struggling. I do think I’ve been trying to carry the donkey. I’ve felt way behind, since I came back to the blogging world after illness. I guess I’m trying to go faster than my proper speed to try to catch up. But, as you point out, that is likely to lead to burn-out.
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Thank you. Happens to the best of us! I do hope you are feeling better.
Thank you. I hope I’ve hit bottom. I think so, just have to get more efficient about what I’m trying to do. Cheers.
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