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.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.