Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Oh, The Things Grammarly Has Seen!

Indie might be listed among the genres on your favorite online radio website. However, the term is not limited to music. Indie is a shortened form of independent. It can refer to any type of artist that strikes out on their own to create within a field. Indie artists do not depend on mainstream channels to get their work out to the universe. The indie musician may strum his guitar in the local café. The indie artist may rent a warehouse to exhibit his own work. The indie author is our pride and joy. These hardworking writers have self-published an increasing amount of articles, books, and blogs in the last few years with some intriguing results. If you are a writer, you have benefited from the influx of indie writers into the writing profession. Here are three ways:

Better Deals for Authors
In the world of writing, it is the Indie writers who you want to follow to the store. Why track the purchases of Indie writers? Writers who plan to self-publish only invest their limited funds in the best tools and products. The editing industry has responded by tailoring services and costs to match the budgets of self-publishers. Indie authors also talk to each other about what works and what is a waste of time. Writers are saving time and money by listening to the recommendations of their indie comrades.

New and Improved Tools
As society changes, businesses respond by creating novel gadgets to amuse and entertain the new generations. Indie writing has affected the evolution of the writing industry in a profound way. First, the self-publishing industry blossomed to accommodate authors who wanted a larger voice in the publishing process. Secondly, companies like Grammarly responded to the struggles and the triumphs of pioneering authors with innovations and adjustments to current products. The needs of literary inventors provide an impetus for the writing industry to expand.

Some writers who are underestimated at the beginning go on to have shocking success. Other indies can never transform their perfectly crafted book ideas into marketable pieces of writing. But the successful ones have helped to open the mind of the writing industry. Manuscripts that mainstream publishers rejected, like John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, can still reach the light of day by means of self-publishing. The success stories encourage the next crop of aspiring writers, independent or not!

Grammarly has seen a growth in the editing industry since the rise of the indie author. Indies are publishing polished works of literature with the help of new tools designed just for them. When they self-publish despite obstacles, they inspire future generations. We can’t wait to see what happens next!

By Nikolas Baron

Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in elementary school, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, traveling, and reading.