10 Things for which the Indie Author is grateful

There are a good many things Indie writers and publishers have to be grateful for. Things we seem to have in common…apart, of course, from the abject poverty of living in unheated garrets whilst suffering for our art. (Look, we have an image to keep up, right?)

Whilst I wait… and wait… and wait… I thought it might be fun to explore the bond which makes a community of introspective creatives put pen to paper.

1. We are grateful for our families. Without them there would never be anything in the fridge come dinner time because we forgot… again.

Of course, there are those of us who live alone. We are grateful to our four-footed companions who insistently remind us of mealtimes at least twice a day and, with their cavernous snores, remind us occasionally to sleep. They also become almost our sole reason for seeing the outside world.

Our furry companions can be trained to do a number of useful tasks...

Our furry companions can be trained to do a number of useful tasks…

2. We are grateful for coffee… or tea/Cola/soda… anything with the requisite sugar and/or caffeine content. They allow us to defy the need for sleep, regardless of the snoring from the disgruntled animal/partner who has gone to sleep in disgust at our defection… Quite apart from the fact that such beverages require us to leave our desks every so often in search of them.

Even though, when we do reach the kitchen… that room full of distant memories of savoury dishes and laughter that now slumbers beneath a layer of forgetfulness like a mothballed Sleeping beauty… we find we have run out….again.

Like, letting the daylight in...

Like, letting the daylight in…

3. We are grateful for microwave ovens… useful to reheat that cup of coffee you finally made and left to go cold… again. Also for the odd, desperate foray into the culinary heaven of a hot meal. Or something that vaguely resembles one, at least. As an occasional bonus, they are useful for drying the coffee stains from the cup you forgot about and spilled on the manuscript…

Making sure we are fed..

Making sure we are fed…

4. We are grateful for matchsticks… when the coffee fails during a long stint of editing. Cold showers also fall into this category.

5. We are grateful for computers and the internet… there is no better way of procrastinating escaping the demands of a work-in-progress than social media research.

Computers also have the advantage of remembering all the things you do not. Like the time. And the date. As well as being convenient word processors.

Laundry...

Laundry…

6. We are grateful for the ageing process. Not because of the wealth of experience it allows us to draw upon. Certainly not because we can ease up a bit… as an Indie you are probably working harder and with more focus that you ever have before… No, simply because it is a really good excuse not to move.

and answering the phone.

and answering the phone.

7. We are grateful for other Indie authors… Not only are they a supportive and knowledgeable community, the really successful ones inspire us with hope and keep us going when things get tough… and others remind us we are not alone… we are not failures.

8. We are grateful for insomnia… is there a better time to write than when the rest of our world is sleeping? It also extends the number of working hours available in a day by a considerable and useful amount.

If all else fails, they will find a way to drag us from our desks...

If all else fails, they will find a way to drag us from our desks…

9. We are grateful for reviews… Pathetically grateful. We have pointed out that you don’t have to buy a book from Amazon to leave a review there… we have begged and pleaded to no avail… We have explained algorithms and the importance of reviews to everyone we meet…. Then one day, like a dog with its first big bone, that first positive review from an unknown person makes our eyes go wide and keeps us occupied for weeks.

... even if it means resorting to lunacy.

… even if it means resorting to lunacy.

10. We are grateful for AmazonOh yes we are. Really… It allows us to realise our dream of seeing our words in print. Amazon allows a simple platform for getting our creations out there….

And the most important one? Readers…

Well, that’s up to us, isn’t it?

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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76 Responses to 10 Things for which the Indie Author is grateful

  1. besonian says:

    I’m relieved to know that others forget the tea (or coffee) they’ve just made. In an average day – whatever that is – about 50% of the cups of tea I make grow cold, or at least tepid, on the unit in the kitchen. On discovering them I then have to decide whether to spend a few minutes making another (which I’m quite likely to forget to grow tepid or cold) or drink the one I’ve just discovered and get it down as quickly as possible because I don’t much like cold tea. I haven’t discovered a remedy for this.

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I’m always doing it. I find thirty seconds in the microwave makes it gulpably palatable… it is about the only use the microwave ever gets. But I haven’t found an answer to forgetting to drink them in the first place 😉

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    • besonian says:

      Ah – thank you, Sue! A remedy – or a repair outfit anyway – the microwave. Not a thing I have much time for, but I reckon I can warm up a mug of cold tea with it. Thank you. Such ingenuity!

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  2. Great list here! Dumbbells are definitely on my list, because they allow me to stay in shape without needing to go to the gym, which gives me more time for writing!

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  3. Sadje says:

    A comprehensive list.

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  4. Great list, Sue! My drinks never grow cold, possibly because I never seem to remember to make them in the first place. I’m grateful for clocks – otherwise I would lose ALL track of time. I also appreciate my expensive yet still uncomfortable office chair. Without it, I wouldn’t stand up for hours at a time and be reminded of my achy old body. And please, don’t get me started on the love/hate relationship with Amazon…

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  5. beth says:

    these all seem spot on, I’m not yet an indie author, but see myself fitting right in )

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha couldn’t agree more!

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  7. jenanita01 says:

    Am I the only one who can see the smallest doubt in your list? Most probably just a reflection of my own list, one I am seriously trying to update with more positivity…

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  8. All so true, Sue. I don’t know about you, but time seems to go much quicker when I write. They do say that times flies when you’re enjoying yourself. It must be true then? Yes?
    And thank goodness for our four-legged friends who are the ones that make sure we get some natural light on our faces.

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  9. Jennie says:

    Well done, Sue. You nailed it.

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  10. Mary Smith says:

    My desk is upstairs, kitchen downstairs and it’s good I leave my coffee until it’s cold so I have some exercise. And, yes, I’m grateful to Amazon for providing a market place for our books.

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  11. joylennick says:

    That was great fun, Sue and has the ring of truth too…
    I have learned that writers brains are programmed to run in circles, especially in the early hours. The best ideas also arrive in the early hours, BUT it’s too cold to get out of bed to write them down (who can afford the bills?) Writers are masochists, but I love you all! xx

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  12. 2-5 doesn’t do much for me haha

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  13. willowdot21 says:

    This is all so true, I loved Ani’s antics ..I hope you wrestled that twixt bar off of her! 💜💜💜

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  14. This warmed my heart, Sue. So much to be grateful for and so much in common. I think I reheat the same cup of coffee about twenty times a day, honestly. Eventually, the film on the top gets so gross I have to throw it out and make a new cup (that I also never finish). Wonderful post.

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  15. A most amusing post, Sue. I would start my list with gratitude for my physiotherapist who massages away the pain of sitting scrunched over a computer half the night and all weekend.

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  16. Yes, you’ve just about nailed it there, right down to the cold coffee and insomnia. I’ll be sharing this on my website on Friday.

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  17. dgkaye says:

    Loved this Sue. Except coffee is #1 LOL ❤

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  18. :-)) Unbeatable wonderful!

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  19. Reblogged this on M J Mallon YA/Paranormal Author and commented:
    Lovely gratitude post from Sue Vincent #indieauthors #humour

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  20. I smiled right through your list and yes, coffee can be drunk cold. Gratitude to Amazon, too. I miss having a furry companion and I am working on changing that. Thank you, Sue. ,3

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  21. I enjoyed this! It was a good way to end my day.

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  22. S.S. Mitchell says:

    You know you’re in full writer mode when you forget to has-been there! I love it though ’cause it reminds me that I’m so inspired and into my work at that moment.

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