Ladies & gents, welcome back to the
YA Indie Blog Carnival!
Today’s main attraction:
It was the summer of 2010 and I had just gotten my brand-new-to-me iPhone. While loading it up with a bunch of super cool apps and pointless games (i.e. Angry Birds), I was the most excited about the Kindle app. Over the course of the next several weeks, I became slightly…um…obsessive about checking Amazon.com for new reading material and their oh-so-enticing “also-bought” feature. While browsing around on there I stumbled across Amanda Hocking’s My Blood Approves and I thought, “$.99 for a book?! I’m all over that.” So I bought it and consequently ended up buying AND reading the next two books in the series within the space of 24 hours.
So in the beginning, I guess you could say that reading Indie mostly had to do with price point. They were the books that fit within my miniscule book budget. As I kept reading throughout this last year though, reading Indie became less about the dollar signs and more about the quality of the work that exists among Indie books, networking with authors, the awesome community that’s risen up around the Indie publishing movement, and the idea that one is no longer dependent on anyone else but themselves to make the dream of becoming a published author a tangible reality. These are the reasons I find Indie so appealing and why I read it. Actually, my love of Indie books is one of the reasons I started this blog. I haven’t come across a lot of blogs who feature Indie books — though I’m sure there are a bunch I’m just not aware of. One of the things I really want to do with this silly blog is to help Indie authors by giving them another avenue to spread the word about their books and to give my readers a little heads-up about some awesome Indie reads.
To readers who are a little shy about dipping their toes into Indie waters, let me just clear up a couple common misconceptions about Indie books. Yes, Indie books are cheap, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of the work is lesser than a traditionally published book. Are there some real duds out there in Indie-land? Of course there are, just as is true with traditional publishing. Just because an author is traditionally published with an agent, a well-designed marketing campaign and a huge advance doesn’t mean their work is going to be awe-inspiring. I’ve read a ton of great Indie books in the last year, some of them penned by my fellow blog carnies; books that are not “Oh, it was good for an Indie” but books that are excellent regardless of the publishing method.
Another misconception that some hold about Indie authors/publishing is that these are the writers who couldn’t hack it in traditional publishing. While at times this may be true, while the writers just may have had a hard time finding representation, etc., a lot of authors are turning to Indie publishing as their FIRST choice. Why? There are actually a lot of reasons why authors would choose Indie over traditional publishing: control over their final product, owning the rights to their final product, and a possibly higher profit margin since they don’t have to deal with a million middle men. Sure there are downsides to Indie publishing such as the fact that the self-published author is in charge of EVERYTHING regarding their books — marketing, PR, design, maintaining a web presence, editing, etc. But despite that, the pros to going Indie are pretty appealing, are they not?
Anyway, never fear. I’m stepping down off my soapbox now. But seriously, if you haven’t picked up an Indie book, I suggest that you give it a go. Perhaps check out a book from the blog carnival authors listed below:
So why do you read/not read Indie?
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