The Sky Is(n’t) Falling

Selena Laurence

Everyone’s talking about it–the decline of the romance community, particularly the Indie world. Writers are lamenting the loss of someplace they saw as supportive, full of possibilities, encouraging. They are mourning the loss of the Golden Era of Indie publishing. Sales are down, tempers are flaring, and all the things that worked last year (and sometimes even last month) are broken. Some writers are questioning whether they want to continue doing this at all.

But things aren’t always what they seem: Because even in the Golden Era, things weren’t golden for everyone. As is the case in life in general, Indie publishing was a booming success only for a certain percentage of people. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, that percentage of people was much higher than it is today, and there were people who had never written a book before, never had a critique, never even spoken to an…

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