I’ve become a cheerleader for Indie authors. My daughter has been writing since she was a youth. She decided a few years ago that she wanted to become a published author and wrote her first book. It took her a long time to write that first book but I was always encouraging her. When she had her first draft about ready she contacted an agent and had a contract for a year but that never panned out. However, that agent recommended a good editor whose new author clients have a pretty good rate of publication. I made sure that she had the funds to pay the editor. She liked her own story but wanted it to be the best she could make it so she learned everything she could from her editor and did a major revision of that first book. After a final edit she submitted inquiries to several publishers but was rejected. This was not to stop her. She discovered that she could self publish and her first foray into self publishing was on Amazon. But the deal was not so great as it was exclusive for several months. During that time as she was working on the sequel to her first book she discovered Smashwords and once her exclusive contract with Amazon was up she published her book there as well. Self publishing can be very slow to garner sales and the work that is involved in self promotion is quite time consuming.
I began to pay more attention to her activities regarding being a self published Indie author. When she posted links to her book on her Facebook author page I would share them on my page as well because I have a totally different set of friends than she does. Over the weeks she began making social contacts with other Indy authors and I discovered that they are very supportive group of people. Instead of the competitive nature of other businesses they promote each other. I loved this about Indie Authors! So as my daughter began sharing posts to links for other authors I too shared those links.
Soon the activities of my daughter included Facebook Events for authors and readers. The first one or two I did not pay much attention to though I was invited to attend. Then one day I decided I would attend one of these “parties” on-line since there are two computers available in the house. I really had a lot of fun interacting with the various authors and readers that participated.
Indie authors often read and review the work of other Indie authors. My daughter began reading a lot of books to review but there were a few that she really couldn’t make herself read because the genre was not something she could maintain an interest in. So I volunteered to read and review a couple for her. Both were totally different genres and I personally enjoyed reading them. I wrote my reviews and had my author daughter read them before posting them. She thought I did a pretty good job writing them.
Then the other day one of the Indie authors asked for volunteers to read and review her books. So I decided to volunteer. I read the first book she wanted reviewed and though the genre was not my favorite and actually it was the first time I had read a book of that specific genre it did read it in one day. Not often do I read a single book in one day.
I have been considering why I was able to read and enjoy this type of book that is so far out of character for me to read. I have a mission. That mission is to read and review. But, I could review any book I’ve read and enjoyed. This was not the type of book I generally would enjoy and were I reading it for enjoyment only I might not have finished it. But I was reading with a more critical frame of mind. I was analyzing the character development, the plot development, and the quality of the writing. It was well done with good character and plot development. I was unable to predict the outcome until the book reached its climax. I was impressed by an author of a genre that I would not have read simply for enjoyment.
I do believe that as an avid reader all my life since I learned to read that I can identify a well written book and give honest reviews that will be helpful to people who are reading just for enjoyment. So to that end I’ve decided that in addition to my Monday general blog posts that I am going to add a day of the week that I post book reviews. I’m thinking Fridays would be a good day. Who knows there may be an occasional extra review just because I want to cheer on the Indie authors. There are so many authors of just about any genre that are all self published. Some can even be purchased in hardcopy. I think over time self published authors will rise to much greater heights of public awareness as the advent of ereaders and phone applications for e-books become the most popular way to read for entertainment. So to this end I will read and review books and continue to cheer on Indie Authors to write and publish.
Links to books I’ve read and reviewed recently
The first review listed showed up as a review by my daughter Jen Irwin but it was actually my review. I have to fix that somehow.
Author pages on Amazon:
Places to find Indie Authors: