Here's One Veteran Community that Defies All Stereotypes

While the prevailing veteran stereotypes focus on homelessness and PTSD, there are niches within the veteran community that defy all stereotype. The veteran literary scene is one such niche.

So what does this space look like? Since starting the non-profit, I've immersed myself into the "vet lit" social media scene, mainly to find writers that might participate in this mission. I've categorized the various camps, and I'll be discussing the following categories and giving some examples of each:

The Writer as Entrepreneur

The Poets

The Literati

The Mix

War Story Propaganda

Combat Wisdom

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The Writer as Entrepreneur

Veterans often feel like outsiders, so it's no wonder the gilded halls of traditional publishing often aren't even considered. With the rise of Amazon, print-on-demand publishing, and social media marketing, self-publishing is an attractive path for go-getters in the vet lit scene. Have 100,000 followers? Release a book and you could make a million dollars in a single day. With that type of platform, there's no need for a publisher.

N. B. Hankes

N. B. Hankes

Founder and best selling author of "Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail."
Humboldt County, California