04 July 2014 by Published in: Uncategorized 13 comments

I’m always in favor of a new excuse to have a cocktail. So why not a new global holiday? We can make it on July 4th, so at least in the States you’ll benefit from free fireworks and a day off work.

I hereby propose the holiday of Independent’s Day – a celebration honoring those who are indie. Film makers, musicians, small businesses, and…authors who self-publish.

All of these groups have one thing in common: they’re self-sufficient, requiring nothing from any established industry player for their existence, and are essentially entrepreneurial endeavors. They’re the mavericks going it alone, who, in the best hunter/gatherer tradition, eat what they kill. In some cases, they’re revolutionizing whole industries. More power to em, I say. Innovation rarely comes from established behemoths.

It’s fitting that this would fall on July 4. If any segment represents the quintessential American spirit of rebellion and independence, it’s self-published authors.

Forbes has a remarkable piece on this phenomenon, and I recommend everyone read it. Not only because I feature prominently in it, although that’s a pretty good reason.

So, in order to set a good example, I’m headed to the beach for margaritas. Indie margaritas, of course.

You would be well served to do the same.



  1. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Here, here! *clinks glasses with Russell* Why do we not already have this?!

    • Russell Blake  –  Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 1:57 pm

      We kind of do here in Mexico. It’s called happy hour.

  2. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I open my own bottle (with nobody’s help) and raise it to you sir — happy indie day đŸ™‚

  3. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I’m onboard!!

  4. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Sounds good. Enjoy your margaritas at the beach! đŸ™‚

  5. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Hello Blake,

    Great Forbes article. Inspiring and optimistic. And they even toss you in there, my, my.

    Required reading for independent self-publishers and brittle old mules like me who have to be pulled kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

    Happy Fourth or Quatro or whatever the hell you call it down there…

  6. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I fully support this. Cool article. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Fri 04th Jul 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Hooray Russell! I am taking your sound advice and off the the beach I go, beverage in hand.

    Kudos to all the Indies such as we.

    Skyrockets in flight!

  8. Sat 05th Jul 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Wait, Forbes did an article on something indie and got it RIGHT?

    That was a good article, actually. I’m guessing you found it when it linked to you?

  9. Mon 07th Jul 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Indie Day, hmm, do we really need another reason to drink?
    Nice Forbes article. Indie B Good.

  10. Warren
    Mon 07th Jul 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Just finished Jet Sanctuary. Put you damn drink down and start working on number 8, 9 and 10. Starting my vacation and need more Jet.

  11. Mon 07th Jul 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Very good question, Wright. I am a firm believer in always having back up reasons to have a cocktail. I say YES to Indie Day.

    These days can be reserved for use at a later date I assume. Yes, Indie B Good. Cheers!

  12. Mon 07th Jul 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome article! Keep leading the way for talented authors to be their own beacon of prosperity!


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