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SELF PUBLISHING IS PUNK ROCK

October 9, 2016

 

 

THIS IS A SORRY CULTURE, BABE. YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR OWN.’’ ALICE NOTELY. PULITSER PRIZE FOR POETRY WINNER.

 

THIS  QUOTE  SUMS UP THE PUNK ROCK IDEOLOGY OF SELF PUBLISHING. iF YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR VOICE AND IMAGINATION AND FLARE ARE NOT BEING RECOGNIZED BY THE PEOPLE WHO KEEP THE GATES TO PUBLISHED LITERARY STARDOM, THEN YOU CAN SIMPLY BYPASS THE GATES AND DO A MASSIVE FUCK YOU BY GOING AHEAD AND CREATING ANYWAY.

WHEN PUNK ROCK STARTED IT WAS SUCH A REVELATION TO SO MANY PEOPLE. KIM GORDAN EVEN SAID HERSEF THAT PUNK ROCK BROUGHT SO MANY PEOPLE TO THE JOYS OF CREATING MUSIC, WHO WOULD NOT HAVE OTHERWISE THOUGHT TO EVEN TRY. iT IS THE SAME WITH SELF PUBLISHING. YOU DO NOT NEED A MASTERS IN CREATIVE WRITING TO PUT PEN TO PAPER AND GO ABOUT MAKING SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE CAN HOLD IN THEIR HANDS AND TAKE HOME TO READ IN THEIR BEDROOM. YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET INTO AN EXPENSIVE GRADUATE WRITING DOCTORATE IN ORDER TO START A BLOG. THAT IS WHAT IS SO PUNK ROCK. YOU DON’T NEED TO ANSWER TO ANYONE.

I COULD BE BIASED. I MEAN, I HAVE QUIT NOT ONE BUT TWO WRITING COURSES. I COULD NOT STAND TO SIT IN A GROUP AND HAVE A TALL CIS GENDER MALE SIT BACK IN HIS CHAIR AND TELL ME MY LIVED EXPERIENCE SEEMED UNBELIEVABLE AND CONTRIVED TO HIM. OF COURSE IT SEEMED UNBELIEVABLE TO A MAN WHO HAD LIVED HIS WHOLE LIFE IN A HETEROSEXUAL WHITE MALE BODY THAT SIMPLY MADE HIS WALKS ALONE SEEM UNEVENTFUL. HE WAS NEVER APPROACHED BY STRANGERS WHO WERE LAUGHING AT HIM IN DISBELIEF. I BRISTLE WHEN EVER I AM TOLD WHAT TO DO, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS THE PUNK ROCK ASTHETIC AND ATTITUDE OF SELF PUBLISHING APPEALS TO ME. I GET TO MAKE THE RULES AND I GET TO CHOOSE HOW SOMETHING IS DONE AND THE PEOPLE I RESPECT AND TRUST GET TO BE MY COLLABORATORS.

THERE IS A BOOK CASE THAT I HAVE SET UP WITH NOTHING BUT SELF PUBLISHED ZINES CREATED BY WOMEN. IT IS UTTERLY INSPIRING AND CONSTANTLY CONVINCES ME THAT WHAT I AM DOING IS NOT A WASTE OF TIME. I WOULD LOVE TO BE PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN AND ANY OTHER HIGH BROW LITERARY POWER HOUSE. THIS DREAM IS NOT GOING TO STOP ME FROM CREATING. iT IS AN URGE THAT I HAVE GIVEN IN TO SINCE I WAS TINY. I MEAN LITTLE KID TINY, NOT AM NEARING MY MID THIRTIES TINY.

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SELF-PUBLISHING IS NOT ONLY PUNK ROCK .    IT IS A POWERFUL FEMINIST PUNK MOVE. IT SHOWS THAT YOU WILL NOT BE BEHOVEN TO THE MARRIED COUPLE FROM HELL THAT IS PATRIARCHY AND CAPITALISM. A VERY FEMINIST PUNK ROCK ENEMY. SELF PUBLISHING IS NOT ALL WRAPPED UP IN THE NATURAL ABILITY OR TALENT OF THE CREATOR. IT HAS A GREAT DEAL TO DO WITH FLARE AND EXECUTION. KIM GORDAN HAS SAID THAT HER FAVOURITE BASS PLAYER IS SID VICIOUS. NOT BECAUSE HE WAS TALENTED AND PLAYED BASS INCREDIBLEY WELL. SID VICIOUS IS HER FAVOURITE BASS PLAYER BECAUSE OF WHAT HE BROUGHT TO THE BAND (THE SEX PISTOLS). HE BROUGHT ALL THAT ATTITUDE AND INTENSITY AND CAR CRASH BEAUTY. THESE ARE ALL QUALITIES THAT DO NOT USUALLY GET YOU PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN OR HARPER COLLINS OR BLOOMSBURY. THEY ARE QUALITIES THAT CAN SPEAK TO SOMEONE AND INSPIRE THEM TO THINK THAT MAYBE THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE CLASSICALY BRILLIANT, THEY JUST HAVE TO HAVE THE DRIVE AND THE DESIRE. SELF PUBLISHING CAN BE DANGEROUSE AND NERVE WRACKING BUT THAT’S PART OF THE THRILL. IF IGGY POP CAN PISS ON STAGE AND RUB BROKEN GLASS AND PEANUT BUTTER ON HIS CHEST THAN I CAN BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO WRITE SOMETHING AND MAKE IT AS GREAT AS I CAN BEFORE PUTTING IT OUT INTO THE WORLD ON MY OWN TERMS AND WITH MY OWN IMPUT OR WITH THE HELP OF FEW TRUSTED AND CLEVER CREATIVE FRIENDS.

 

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MAKE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL BEFORE YOU DIE.  DO NOT MAKE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND THEN HIDE IT IN A LOCKED CHEST THAT YOU SAIL OUT INTO THE OPEN OCEAN, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND THEN THROW SAID CHEST HOLDING YOUR BEAUTIFUL CREATION, INTO THE OCEAN, WHERE IT WILL GET SWUM AROUND BY FISH AND SHARKS WHO CANNOT READ OR OPEN A LOCKED CHEST. YOU COULD GET LUCKY IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. THE LUCK WOULD HAVE TO INVOLVE THE CHEST BEING FOUND BY AN OCTOPUS THAT WAS CURIOUS AND SMART ENOUGH TO OPEN THE CHEST. YOU WOULD THEN NEED

THE LUCK TO EXTEND TO THE OCTAPUS BEING ABLE TO READ OR LISTEN TO OR SEE THE BEAUTIFUL THING AND MAKE A CALL THAT IT IS INDEED WONDERFUL ENOUGH TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD. TTHIS OCTAPUS WOULD HAVE TO HAVE CONNECTIONS IN THE ART/WRITING/MUSIC/ DANCE WORLDS THAT EXIST UNDER THE OCEAN AND YOU COULD BECOME A WIDE OPEN OCEAN SENSATION THAT WAS ONE OF THE FEW ICONIC TWO FEET AIR BREATHERS THAT EVER MADE THE TRANSITION INTO UNDERWATER FAME.

PROBABLY MORE USEFUL TO SIMPLY CREATE THE THING AND SHARE IT AROUND.

I HAVE LOOKED DOWN ON SELF PUBLISHING IN THE PAST. WHEN A NIAVE 18 YEAR OLD. I LOOKED DOWN ON SELF PUBLISHING WITH CONTEMPT AND MALICE AND IT ACHIEVED NOTHING FOR ME. IT DID NOT INSPIRE ME TO WRITE OR CREATE. IT MERELY MADE ME FEEL TERRIBLE ABOUT MYSELF AND MADE ME CREATIVELY SILENT TO EVERYONE OUT ON THE WORLD. IT DID NOT STOP ME READING THOUGH AND EVEN NOW I THINK READING WIDELY IS SO IMPORTANT. I WILL ALWAYS THINK THAT. READING IS MY IDEAL STATE OF BEING. IT IS WHY I WANT MY WRITING TO BE READ. I WANT TO SELF PUBLISH AND CONSIDER IT PUNK ROCK BECAUSE I WANT HELP PEOPLE TRANSCEND THEIR OWN EXISTENCE AND BE GIVEN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE THAT HELP AND ENLIGHTEN AND ENTERTAIN. I WILL NOT LET THE FACT THAT I AM YET TO GET A BOOK DEAL, STOP ME ENGAGING IN IDEAS AND CREATING WRITTEN CONTENT SUCH AS POEMS AND STORIES AND MEMIOR.

AUDRE LORDE SAID THAT’ WHEN WE SPEAK WE ARE AFRAID OUR WORDS WILL NOT BE HEARD OR WELCOMED. BUT WHEN WE ARE SILENT, WE ARE STILL AFRAID. SO IT IS BETTER TO SPEAK.

I DON’T WANT TO CONTRIBUTE SELF DESTRUCTIVE AND CREATIVITY CRUSHING ARGUMENTS FOR CONVENTIONTIONAL PUBLISHING. THERE ARE ENOUGH OF THEM.

AGONIZING OVER WHETHER TO SEEK PUBLICATION OR SIMPLY STAY CREATIVELY QUIET. YOUR SCARED IF YOU DO AND YOUR SCARED IF YOU DON’T SO IT IS FAR BETTER TO CREATE SOMETHING AND PUT IT OUT INTO THE WORLD ON YOUR OWN INSTEAD OF CREATING SOMETHING AND THEN BEING TO SCARED OF WHAT PEOPLE WILL THINK, TO JUMP INTO THE DEEP END OF PUBLISHING IT YOURSELF. WITH THE INTERNET AND HAVING SO MUCH AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, IT IS NOT EVEN AS IF YOU NEED TO CHOSE ONE OVER THE OTHER. SELF PUBLISHING CAN LEAD TO BEING PUBLISHED BY A PUBLISHER. SELF PUBLISHING KEEPS YOU MOVING AND CREATING.

THAT IS WHEN COMMUNITIES ARE MADE. THAT IS HOW YOU CAN MEET LIKE MINDED PEOPLE AND SHARE THOSE STORIES. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TAKEN A ZINE HOME OR STARTED READING IT ON THE TRAIN AND BEEN FLABBERGASTED AT HOW MUCH I SEE PARTS OF MYSELF IN SOMEONE ELSES WORK. THE REALIZATION OF NOT BEING ALONE IS AS GOOD AS A REAL HUG ONLY ITS AN INVISIBLE HUG AROUND YOUR HEART AND BRAIN.

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND IT IS NICE TO KNOW THAT ONE OF THOSE WAYS IS ACCESSIBLE TO ME AND TO OTHER DELIGHTFUL WEIRDOS AND MARGINALIZED PEOPLE WHO DO GET OVER LOOKED AND IGNORED. THROUGH THE SELF PUBLISHING PATH I HAVE MET SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED SO SINCERELY THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO EMBRACE THE AVENUES AVAILABLE AND SOLDIER ON INTO CREATIVE FREEDOM. THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT I DON’T DAY DREAM ABOUT BECOMING A STAR AND BEING ABLE TO BUY AN APARTMENT AND HELP MY PARENTS OUT OF TERRIBLE FARM DEBT, FROM MY ROYAYLTY MONEY. THAT WOULD BE DOPE BUT IM NOT GOING TO SIT AROUND WAITING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.

TO QUOTE MALCOM MCLAREN THE MASTER MIND BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL CAR CRASH THAT WAS THE SEX PISTOLS.

‘’IT IS BETTER TO BE A FLAMBOYANT FAILURE THAN A BENIGN SUCCESS.’’

 

”JESICA KNIGHT’S  TWO ZINES ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT http://www.mcdrawn.com/  DO IT. BUY THEM. SHE IS POOR AND NEEDS SOME VALIDATION.”-JESS’S PSYCHOLOGIST

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2 Comments
  1. Cait Potter permalink

    Yes! This is a great post, def summed up a lot of how I view self-publishing/punk. Thank you!

    • hello and thank you so much for reading. I was i a self publishing: punk rock or pathetic? debate and i was on the side of punk as I always am.

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