This Was a Good Year For Independent Authors

Christmas Eve is tomorrow, and the day proper thereafter. That means the end of the year approaches.

It’s been a good year for me, better than I expected, and for that I am grateful. It’s also been a good year for the Superversive and its allies (PulpRev, Noblebright, etc.), as the breakouts among our community show that the audience we claim to exist does exist, but the lessons learned in reaching that audience are spreading to the rest of us.

And we are listening, and applying as best we can going forward.

Which means that you can look forward to more of us making the move next year. At what rate of success, I can’t say; a lot of us are learning as we go, from our peers as well as ourselves, and not all of us are ready or able to go at the speed of the Pulp masters of generations past such as Walter B. Gibson (of The Shadow, and more), but each and every one of us is dedicated to satisfying the audiences for entertaining stories that the mainstream publishers have long let go as “problematic” for one weak excuse or another.

Brian Niemeier, Nick Coke & Jason Anspach were among the breakouts of this year. By this time next year, I hope to recite far more names off the top of my head than that- including my own.

Merry Christmas, folks, and have a happy New Year.

  • I wonder what qualifies as ‘breaking out’ nowadays?
    Cause I think I achieved that this year as well, with my Jan Stryvant pen name.