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You want me to read WHAT?!: Why you should give Indie books a shot

The publishing industry is going through a fundamental transformation. Self published authors have sprung up and are now selling their books online right next to the traditionally published authors. And those indie authors are sometimes selling a LOT of books.

But how good are the indie books? Well, let’s be honest: some of them are horrible. And I mean H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. Luckily, with e-books, you can download a good portion of the book to see what you are getting. Better news, e-books can often be downloaded for free. Yup, free. So you don’t lose any money.

Why else should you try an Indie author? A couple of reasons. First, it is getting tougher and tougher for new writers to break into traditional publishing. What that means is quality writers who would have been snapped up a decade ago, are now self-publishing instead. In fact, agents and publishers are reported to be trolling the internet looking for the books generating sales.

Two, all your favorite authors were at one time unpublished, praying that someone, anyone, would read their book and like it.

Not convinced yet? Okay. Well, here’s something that might tempt you: Indie books are often priced incredibly low and sometimes free. Why free? Well, Amazon has a program called KDP Select that allows authors to get paid, while offering their books for zero dollars.

Okay, so now we know traditional publishers are less likely to take on new authors, all your favorite authors were at one point unpublished, and three, you can often pick up an indie for very little or absolutely nothing. So now you’re saying, yeah, let’s try those indie books. Where can I find them?

Well, they’re at all online books distributors. But sometimes it’s a little difficult to parcel them out. I’ve found a website that I like that tells me about the latest reductions in indie books, including books that are offered free. At Bookbub.com, you choose the type of books you are interested in, and they send you an email everyday telling you what the latest deals are. It’s great! (Caveat: To be included in Bookbub, authors do have to pay. So the site does not cover all indie books, only those that pay to be included.)

So give a struggling author a thrill. Read their book. You might just like it. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “You want me to read WHAT?!: Why you should give Indie books a shot”

  1. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

    (Amber Lea Easton, aka Moxie Girl & MtnMoxieChic, from Kisses, Caresses & Whispers in the Night and Moxie Girl Musings) Good to see you! Looking forward to your posts.

  2. Hello! I found your blog through the WLC Blog Follows program, and I have to say I am enjoying your posts 🙂 It is really nice to meet you!
    James A. West

    (PS- My computer had a funny glitch, so I apologize if I accidentally posted this comment twice!)

  3. I agree with your comments on Indie books. I have read some with really great & imaginative story lines & well developed characters. BUT the mis-spellings, misused words, & horrible grammar are so distracting to those of us who like to really cuddle up & read a good book cover to cover. I am supposing that Indies do not have editors & that’s a shame. But I’m always willing to give a read to a good & original story. Just finished the Belial Stone & hope to read more on this intriguing story line & characters.

    1. I completely agree with you! There is nothing more distracting. But do think Indie’s have a tougher time with the whole editing process. Take for example, the Belial Stone. I put it through a critique group for a year, sent it to an outside editor and then when I thought it was as close to perfect, grammatically speaking, as I could get it, I sent it to a copyeditor. And I made all the changes suggested.

      Even with that, people have mentioned some grammatical issues. Which makes me realize that I actually need to hire two copy editors for the next one. One to follow up and make sure the first didn’t miss anything. So I think we Indies need to start thinking team concept when it comes to our own books. After all, that’s what the big publishers do.

      But I’m glad you liked the Belial Stone. I’m working on the Belial Library right now and hope to have it out some time around January. I’ll keep you posted! And thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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