Nurture Your Ideas: DIY and Indie Publishing
As I walked through the plaza outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall, I saw booth upon booth of publishers—big name publishers alongside the independent. I was a bit overwhelmed that all of these people had gathered in one spot to celebrate one of the greatest inventions ever to be made—the book. It was an overwhelm of joy and beauty. People still read, no matter what others say. There are people like us who value words on a page. Just because the way the business is run has changed, it does not mean that reading isn't happening on a large scale.
What happens when we get an idea? What do we do with it?
Sometimes an idea flickers and leaves as quickly as it came, but there are those thoughts, the ideas that float into consciousness. Sometimes they feel big, sometimes not, but you feel the weight all the same (if you're paying close enough attention). The idea sticks, because it is a part of your truth. I remember one idea that came to me as I sat in my yard reading. I was reading, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground by Michael Azerrad. I love music as much as reading and writing, so here I was reading about bands that have paved their own way, the ones that were punk and DIY. It was their vision and sense of creative control—their passion for doing it their own way that stayed with me. It rung true and important. I knew when I was reading it that I was going to use that idea of seeing through an idea as you see it, an idea that you nurture without the hands of everyone else telling you how it should be done. I just knew. Here I am, a little over a year after reading in my yard how to DIY, DIYing (I know that's not a word, but hey!). Because it's still just me, maybe it isn't happening as quickly as I know it could, but I'm nurturing and seeing it through.
What was most incredible yesterday at the Brooklyn Book Festival was all of the small indie presses and bookstores gathered, just as big in importance, as the giant publishing houses. Print is not dead. I seamlessly read a book you can hold in your hands to a book you can read on a device. Print is print, and it is alive. The presence of the indie publisher shows the significance of taking an idea and fostering it into a vision that you want, a vision that you feel is best because you can feel it everywhere in your body. Do it yourself if you can (help is good and appreciated) and do it your way. Your ideas and dreams are just as valid as anyone else's. There are enough independent publishers proving it possible.
Oh, another idea that felt right walking through the festival: there will be a Write for Healing booth there next year complete with titles for sale. If not next year, it'll happen in the very near future. I just know.
Happy Monday! Go nurture those ideas! xoxo