I wrote an essay over at New Pop Lit, a great new online literary journal, please read the great stories they publish. I wrote them a piece about the parallels between the Modernist movement and today’s independent publishing scene.
Despite the publishing establishment’s long-running campaign to paint independent authors as rejects peddling sub-par work, visionary and important authors in Western literature published their own work. In the eighteenth century, authors often paid out of their own pocket to have their books published. Even worse, copyright protection was often non-existent, leading to royalty-free copies if a book was popular. Self-publishing was something the Modernists of the early 20th century often had to do.