Some people are putting J A Konrath forward as the face of Indie Publishing. I don't really buy that. Yes, he earns enough from publishing his own stuff to survive at it, but that's all he does. Yes, he has a blog, but he doesn't crop up all over the place declaring Indie publishing as the future and fighting our corner. Yes, he sells a lot, but he comes from a NY published background, and brought a platform with him.
I don't really agree that we need a face of Indie Publishing, but if we have to, should it really come down to sales? That's a very NY way of looking at things.
Surely, the poster boy of Indie fiction should be someone so passionate about it that they can't keep their big mouth shut (in the nicest possible way of course). Someone who is everywhere on this silly internet thing, speaking up about Indie, pointing out that it's worthwhile, corrupting those who were on the fence to trying our way of thinking.
Surely the poster boy of Indie fiction is already out there, somewhere, being all over cheerleader for the indies.
Everywhere I go, everything I read, a name comes back to me. I'm yet to find a single Indie resource, anywhere on the web, that doesn't have a certain name attached to it. Surely that name, that person, has made themself the face of Indie fiction?
Zoe Winters is everywhere across the net, on every site I come to. I first discovered her on Nathan Bransford's blog, leaving comments about self-publishing. She is on Indie Reader, and on Publishing Renaissance, and anywhere else I seem to look. She was one of the first people to join my Guild (link at the top, please join) and she blogs and tweets about Indie all the time.
If someone has to be the face of Indie Publishing, it should be someone like Zoe.
You can read Zoe's blog here.