Do You Support Indie Authors?
It recently occurred to me that I needed to do a better job of supporting independent authors. I have both traditional and self-published novels under my belt, but by far the most rewarding has been to self-publish. My conclusion may seem obvious to some, but it has taken time for me to become aware of the dilemma. I love to read familiar, well-known authors, but they all had a “first” novel. In today’s world of instant EBook downloads with hundreds of thousands of new books being self-published it will be hard for anyone to attain the status of a best-selling author. I asked the question, “Why would I expect anyone to buy my book when they can read a novel by a familiar author?”
My answer is that a reader has to be adventurous. We get comfortable, stuck in ruts. We like “our” genres. We say that we “don’t like _____” (fill in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, YA, Romance, Fiction, Non-fiction, etc.). I have read novels of nearly all of the basic genres that I have liked, so why not occasionally branch out? In that case why not branch out to unfamiliar authors?
I want readers to try me out. Read my books. Get to know my characters. Some will like my style and others will not. So be it. Nevertheless, back to my original question – If I expect others to buy my novels I should be buying theirs. I need to be more adventurous. I need to get to know another author’s style and their beloved characters.
I am reading UNMASKED by EM Kaplan (website). She is an Indie author of this fantasy novel. I have committed to using my Kindle to support Indie authors and will make every effort to read one book a month this way. I generally don’t read quickly and only find time to read at night. Many of you will be able to read even more than one a month. I will also write a review – good or bad – and let the author know what I really think. It is the best thing to do. Be honest and fair. Few of us have English degrees or know every way to use a comma (I have heard many different opinions about commas). Our budgets don’t allow for every professional detail, so we need to cut each other a little slack, too.
Commit to reading more first time and independently published authors. Let me, and others in the independent publishing world know of your commitment. If you are an author let me know about your book. I will add it to my list and mention you in my blog and tweets.by