Support Indie Authors

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.

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About smcpherson58

Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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