The Death of A Legend

The world has lost a great man. Star Trek fans have lost an icon. Leonard Nimoy will always remain in the hearts of Sci Fi fans, Trekkies and those who watched the show.

I had the pleasure to meet the great man at a convention in Milton Keynes. He was so down to earth and took time to speak to his fans. That day I suffered what came to be called Spock Shock. I was star struck and could barely hold my composure afterwards when I realised that I’d met Mr Spock. Also that Mr Spock’s hand that had been on my shoulder touched Captain Kirk. I had a huge crush on the Captain.

I am deeply saddened to hear that Leonard Nimoy has passed away. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to live on forever.
RIP Leonard Nimoy xx

Indie Revolution

Indie Revolution by Lynn-Alexandria McKendrick

I was intrigued when Michael Kozlowski’s article appeared on my facebook feed. Even before I opened it, I figured it would anger me. Anger soon became absolute rage when I read his comments about indie authors. I am the author of a small independent published poetry book called ‘Primal Passions’. The day I released it was one of the proudest days of my life. I write for the dog paper ‘Our Dogs’ and I always have that sense of pride when I see one of my pieces in the paper.

Michael Kozlowski’s article proved one thing and one thing only. That archaic and closed minded people like him can get a platform to spread their message. Kozlowski said that those who independently publish their work cannot be considered authors and are plain old writers. Is there really anything wrong with being a plain old writer? Personally I don’t think so. I spent many years with no desire to be published and wrote primarily for my own enjoyment. However, now I am working hard to have more of my work published. I am currently working on a series of novels that I have been plotting for a long time. Whether or not I independently publish these novels hasn’t been decided yet. But I know that if I do independently publish I will be an author.

There are independently published books out there that are simply awful. Just as there are published novels that have been endorsed by a publishing company that are awful. It’s all down to the readers and whether or not they enjoy a book. But what you cannot do is take away from those who work hard, pay their own money to have their work edited, pay to have a cover designed and constantly wonder whether or not they are doing the right thing. They will rewrite constantly to ensure they are giving their best work. Truly dedicated indie authors will push their limits to get the best version of their book published for their readers.

An author is defined as ‘a writer of a book, article or document’. Nowhere in that definition does it say anything about being published independently or by a publishing house. The definition does say ‘a writer’ which leads me to ask whether or not this includes the plain old writers referred to by Kozlowski?

Facebook is filled with pages dedicated to authors of all different genres. Those authors have followers who enjoy reading their work and yearn for more. To say that these people are not authors because they’re not signed by a publishing house is unfair and downright wrong. I have read a lot of indie authors and have enjoyed their books. In fact my kindle is filled with titles from such authors and I will continue to read them so long as they continue to produce such good books which are well plotted and written better than some books endorsed by publishing houses. In my opinion, an author is someone who writes because they love it and take pride in the work they produce. It should not depend on whether or not they can be picked up by a publishing house. Mr Kozlowski would do well to remember that some of the greatest literary minds were independently published and their works form the basis of college courses, debates and fan bases around the world.

Indie Revolution

Indie Revolution by Lynn-Alexandria McKendrick

I was intrigued when Michael Kozlowski’s article appeared on my facebook feed. Even before I opened it, I figured it would anger me. Anger soon became absolute rage when I read his comments about indie authors. I am the author of a small independent published poetry book called ‘Primal Passions’. The day I released it was one of the proudest days of my life. I write for the dog paper ‘Our Dogs’ and I always have that sense of pride when I see one of my pieces in the paper.

Michael Kozlowski’s article proved one thing and one thing only. That archaic and closed minded people like him can get a platform to spread their message. Kozlowski said that those who independently publish their work cannot be considered authors and are plain old writers. Is there really anything wrong with being a plain old writer? Personally I don’t think so. I spent many years with no desire to be published and wrote primarily for my own enjoyment. However, now I am working hard to have more of my work published. I am currently working on a series of novels that I have been plotting for a long time. Whether or not I independently publish these novels hasn’t been decided yet. But I know that if I do independently publish I will be an author.

There are independently published books out there that are simply awful. Just as there are published novels that have been endorsed by a publishing company that are awful. It’s all down to the readers and whether or not they enjoy a book. But what you cannot do is take away from those who work hard, pay their own money to have their work edited, pay to have a cover designed and constantly wonder whether or not they are doing the right thing. They will rewrite constantly to ensure they are giving their best work. Truly dedicated indie authors will push their limits to get the best version of their book published for their readers.

An author is defined as ‘a writer of a book, article or document’. Nowhere in that definition does it say anything about being published independently or by a publishing house. The definition does say ‘a writer’ which leads me to ask whether or not this includes the plain old writers referred to by Kozlowski?

Facebook is filled with pages dedicated to authors of all different genres. Those authors have followers who enjoy reading their work and yearn for more. To say that these people are not authors because they’re not signed by a publishing house is unfair and downright wrong.

I have read a lot of indie authors and have enjoyed their books. In fact my kindle is filled with titles from such authors and I will continue to read them so long as they continue to produce such good books which are well plotted and written better than some books endorsed by publishing houses. In my opinion, an author is someone who writes because they love it and take pride in the work they produce. It should not depend on whether or not they can be picked up by a publishing house. Mr Kozlowski would do well to remember that some of the greatest literary minds were independently published and their works form the basis of college courses, debates and fan bases around the world.