A large part of me is delighted at the huge success of indie writers like Amanda Hocking and John Locke.
If it were not for reading about Amanda Hocking I would not have decided to publish on Kindle. And good luck to John, I've bought his book on how he sold a million, enjoyed it and learnt from it.
What worries me, however, is that the indie world is going to get fixated on sales success and the cult of the celebrity. The traditional publishing world has been squeezed enough by this fascination with success. It would be a tragedy if the indie movement were to go even a few steps down this perilous path.
By all means let's celebrate success but let's not worship it. More importantly, let the indie movement celebrate the success of people who write wonderful books, let it celebrate those who have persevered at writing and finally seen their books read by readers, let it celebrate the triumph of the little person over the giant.
What do you think?