November 24th, 2011 / 12:49 am

if there’s anything you need to know about “contemporary indie lit” it’s that all you need to do to get a book published is write one  – Impossible Mike


  1. postitbreakup

      doesn’t seem true unless you vastly broaden the definition of “published”

  2. M. Kitchell

      do you have a completed full-length manuscript?

  3. Noah Cicero

      I think the language is messed up.  I’ve always used this language regarding my books and short stories.

      indie lit website POST your poems, short stories and articles.

      An indie publisher that PODs or only prints a thousand couples PRINTS an X amount of your books so you can sell some and send out to people, get readings and have fun with literature.

      I mean:

      If you write a book, find someone that will print 100 copies and make a cover, then you are HAVING FUN and being creative, which is to me is awesome.  But I have never and would never walk up to people and be like, “I AM A PUBLISHED AUTHOR,” in a boston brahmin accent.

      But this statement does not say what one needs to do to get a book published by a major press either.  Which has its own set of nasty implications.

      So let me write a new one:

      So if there is anything you need to know about contemporary major book publishers is that you can get published 1. If your family is connected and you’ve written a cute novel about nothing. 2. If you network for six years and write a cute novel that doesn’t mention one social issue that might alienate any possible buyers. 

      One more thing: even though if you write a 130 page book in the indie lit, you will for sure find someone to publish it, some people still rise in the ranks.  xTx and Sam Pink are basically no one in terms of social connections, they started off like everybody else, trying to get some websites to published them, and they have risen to the point where people in this world know their name. 

      So it is possible for a person that works harder on their writing and have more talent to rise above the surrounding people.


  4. michael


  5. bartleby_taco


  6. bartleby_taco

      mad bitches talking shit about literature like they done written a book but NAH

  7. bartleby_taco

      literature should just end probably, like bow out gracefully, like…george costanza in that episode where he makes a joke at his job and everybody laughs and so he quits because he wants to go out on a high note…just shut this website down and all the publishing companies will stop too, there are already too many books….youtube….

  8. Tron

      This is true and sad. We probably need to fix our terms to exclude the few big and interesting independent publishers.

  9. Matt Tyler

      the fact that i don’t understand what on earth this post or the responses means just reinforces all my favorite insecurities about myself.  ty.

  10. Tron

      Tweet a hundred such comments and get muumuu house to put it out. 

  11. JimmyJonesSausage

      Do you want to be a writer, or a published author? That’s the only question that matters. Cream eventually rises to the top. 

  12. postitbreakup

      what’s your point

  13. Anonymous

      I love Mike, but my reaction to this is just “yeah, so?”

  14. Anonymous

      It doesn’t even seem like an interesting point to make.

  15. deadgod


      Whoa, that’s a lot to ask, partner.

      ‘I’m beveling the interior of my opus.’  –Will this turkey fly?

  16. Noah Cicero

      I think what offended me about the comment was that to me the indie lit world is a place where a writer with no social connections, maybe no education, maybe from a shitty state school, can sell some books and participate in literature.  another thing is that I’ve made some great friends from the indie lit world, friends I would have never made just by living in my town.  I think that the indie lit world that exists on the internet is becoming the new minor leagues of literature, in about ten years when the editors, professors and agents are from my generation have the positions of power in the major pubilshing lit world things will change in the publishing world.   

  17. Dole

      I agree with Noah Cicero on this one.  There’s no rules dawg!  

  18. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      That’s the spirit! Stomp on those people with aspirations to make you feel better about yourself!

      In better news, Achewood is back.

  19. Ester

      Let me guess, “Impossibly Mike” sits on the tenure committee of a major American university.

  20. deadgod

      Wait–do you think Impossible is saying something belittling about the democratization of the means of making words public?  (–and is that what Noah thinks? . . .) 

      I take away a celebration of such, in the guise of Impossible’s impatience (?) with the petulance of the many who want to be, what, FSG-listers.


  21. Tron


  22. bartleby_taco

      Yeah, (in all seriousness), I think people have rather interpreted this quote incorrectly, or perhaps I have. To me, it seems that producing a finished manuscript (for whatever it is that you do) is an incredibly difficult thing, if you are being scrupulous and critical on yourself to the degree by which you believe that the work you are doing is not only important to yourself but possibly meaningful for someone else — and that given the current climate in “indie lit,” it is now incredibly possible for that manuscript to find a home and maybe even a several few devoted readers, which to me is already beyond something that I would call “a dream” — and that today this is slightly more possible than say, five years ago. But I’m not a doctor or nothin! I did eat lots of turkey !! Serotonin !! Pecan pie!

  23. Tron

      I’m pretty sure that isn’t the case. Impossible Mike is just one of the regular htmlgiant bloggers (click on the link in his name above) 

  24. Ester

      It was just a joke, dear. Happy Thanksgiving.

  25. Grtroph

      But are they good? Really known outside of this circle?

  26. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Maybe we did misread it, because as someone who’s written two novel-length pieces, doing the actual writing was a hell of a lot easier/less humiliating than trying to get published. So when I read “Write a book and you’re good as published!” I sort of get ticked off.

  27. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Writing a query letter takes more work than writing a novel. Rubbing elbows with publishers takes a lot more work than writing a novel. And it’s because writing a novel is being honest, the process of getting published is shmoozing and bullshitting.

  28. shaun gannon

       are you old

  29. deadgod

      I am, dearie.  Gimme a smooch on my hoary jaw.

  30. deadgod

      Rorschach snippet

  31. werdfert

      i have an indie book written. i’d like to unpublish it.

  32. spencer

      anyone else think impossible mike looks like a midget seth rogen y/n

  33. deadgod

      I think Seth Rogen looks like Jason Segal trying to look like Jonah Hill on a Steven-Seagal day.

      In a, uh, uh . . . Bergman movie.

  34. postitbreakup

      i really wanna know what you meant by this question.

  35. Lilzed

      There we go. lol.

  36. Lilzed

      Maybe Mike would agree w you. Ken Baumann felt it was worth quoting tho.

  37. postitbreakup

      seth rogen with woody allen glasses wearing david lynch’s hair

  38. marshall


  39. marshall

      wheres the top

  40. M. Kitchell

      just fyi, seth rogen is only 2 inches taller than me. 

  41. M. Kitchell

      in other news: brb gonna go kill myself

  42. Matt Rowan

      I cannot express how much I’m tickled by the term “hoary jaw.” Not because of any possible pun, but for the words and their meaning in and of the context given.