To be honest I’m kind of struggling with how to write this post. Should I make some lists? Should I just talk out? I’m not even sure exactly what I want to or plan to say as I’m writing this intro.
But what I do know is that I LOVE self-published and indie books. I know I probably sound like some sort of bookish hipster every time I say that, but it’s the truth. I didn’t even know these books existed until a few years ago when I got a kindle, but I couldn’t be more happy that I discovered them. And while I do also love traditionally published authors and recognize that writing and getting a book published is hard no matter how you do it, indie and self pub books still seem to have a stigma against them, and that makes me sad because so many of them are so amazing.
I had been wanting to write this post for a while and when I saw that Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Hazel @ Stay Bookish were hosting a book blog community Thanksgiving bloghop celebration called The Thanks U Give, it was just the motivation I needed :-) So let’s show indie authors some love, and then be sure to check out all the other posts!
Why Indie & Self Published Books and Authors are Awesome and Important
1) They give us readers SO MUCH more book selection than we would have otherwise—more options, more topics, more diversity, more types of characters, more genre mashups, more everything!
2) Everyone has different taste when it comes to books, and not everyone’s taste fits with what is published by standard, big name, traditional publishers. And everyone deserves to be able to read the kind of books they like, whether it’s darker, funnier, more intense, quirkier, kinkier, more absurd, grittier, sexier, gorier, more emotional, deeper, fluffier, or in any way different from the current popular type of book.
3) Many self published books are absolutely AMAZING but for whatever reason they just might not have ever been picked up by a publisher. And it would be such a shame if those books never got published because not only are they amazing, as I just mentioned, they too have the potential to change someone’s life or be just the thing someone needs.
Why Indie & Self Published Authors Deserve More Love
1) Self publishing is hard work. Of course writing the book is hard for every author, but self published authors also have to be editors, formatters, cover designers, and marketers in addition to being authors, or they have to hire people with their own money to do these things for them. And if they want to promote their book on sites like NetGalley, they have to do that with their own money too. Not to mention they probably spend more time than we know just trying to find blogs, read review policies, and send emails to reviewers in an attempt to get more reviews and spread the word about their books.
2) They do all that work for half the glory. Very few indie and self pub authors reach everyone-has-read-it, dinner-table-conversation, movie-deal level of fame, despite the fact that many of them have books that are just as good as traditionally published ones. (But that doesn’t mean there aren’t those of us out there who DO love their books like crazed fangirls and fanboys and think they deserve all those things and more!)
3) Their names get tarnished by the few bad apples out there, and that’s not fair. Yes, there are some self pub books that are riddled with typos, plot holes, etc., but that’s not what all of them are like. That’s not even what most of them are like. I know this firsthand because most of the books I read are indie/self pub, and most of are of great quality.
Why I Personally Love Indie & Self Published Books and Authors
Well, obviously for the reasons I mentioned above. But seriously, most of my absolute favorite books and series and authors fall into this category. Some of those books have been there for me in my lowest moments, and I don’t know what I’d have done without them. I can only imagine how incomplete and how much less enjoyable my reading life would be if not for these authors. So to every indie pub and self pub author out there, regardless of what genre you write or whether I’ve read any of your books or not, thank you, and keep doing what you’re doing because your books mean the world to some people!