Indie Authors

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Indie authors are an interesting bunch of people. In a world where indie films and music is celebrated, indie books are, for the most part, shunned. For the longest time the book industry has brainwashed readers into thinking that the only acceptable books were books published by the Big Six and readers have believed this.

As an indie author myself, I had a hard time at first coming to terms that anybody who weren’t with the Big Six could write a good book. I had been under the impression that books that were self published were of poor quality and they were poorly edited, if they had even been edited to begin with. At the same time, I couldn’t just pretend that the ebook industry wasn’t suddenly booming, so I took a closer look starting with Amanda Hocking.

Let me say that Amanda Hocking is a genius because she knows how to write for her audience. She took a look at what was popular on the shelves and wrote what people wanted. I admire her as an author and what she represents for indies (she’s also super cool). She, as well as J. A. Konrath and John Locke, pretty much paved the way for indies everywhere. They looked at the stereotype for indie authors right in the eye and said, “I’m changing everyone’s perception of you” and they did in a big way.

Walt Whitman

Become the next Walt Whitman. Beard and all.

There are thousands of indies right now. Some are self published, some with a small press. Despite how they published and how they got their books out there, there is one thing that’s true: indies have to write better than authors published by the Big Six. That’s the only way we can work on improving the stereotype that’s been placed upon us and make more people take that chance to read our books.

Once upon a time, self publishing was the only way for authors to get their books noticed. It wasn’t frowned upon — in fact, it was embraced. Classic authors that we know and love today started out self publishing or working with an indie press. Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe, and James Joyce are a few authors who self published. So I don’t think we should shun the indie author; in fact, we should embrace the indie author for returning back to publishing roots. Who knows? Maybe we’ll find the next Walt Whitman hiding within the myriad of indies.

Comments 4

  1. This post was an education in itself. Thanks for making me aware of the value of indie authors. I guess I was brainwashed too.
    I’d love to review your new book on my blog. I’ll be doing my first book review and post for a book I’m getting from Bethany House Publishers soon.

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      Don’t worry. We all were and I mean there are still a lot of indie authors out there who don’t take the time to go through and edit their books. But it’s definitely getting better.
      Thank you so much for your interest. I’ll send you an email with more information.

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      Yup! Jane Austen self-published Sense and Sensibility. Not sure if her other works were, but I do know that one was for sure.

  2. Very interesting post. It’s funny, because I’m an indie filmmaker, and I’m very proud of that fact; but as far as my novel goes, I really want to be traditionally published. It’s such a double standard, and I hope you and other indie authors who do that extra work can help shatter the stigma that’s currently placed on indie books.

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      No harm in wanting to be traditionally published. I wanted to be traditionally published myself at first. It took a lot of research and careful consideration for me to take the leap into the indie world. It’s been a lot of fun. 🙂

  3. Thank you for the informative post. I, too, wanted to be published traditionally. I thought that it was the only way to be taken seriously. I also admit that there are books that are out there, self published as well as traditionally, that should have been edited better. Well, like Avis, we indies try harder. It is a changing world and with our hard work we will find our place in the sun.

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      People take authors published by the Big Six more seriously. It’s just ingrained in us. But we do have to work harder as an indie author to get others to take us seriously and I think some people ARE starting to take us seriously. Exciting times for an indie author!

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