Do you read Indie?
No, not him. Sorry, ladies.
I’m talking about Independent authors and publishers. But what does that really mean? Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Indie lit . . .
The National Literary Awards defines independent or “indie” literature as “books published outside mainstream publishing.”
The same goes for Indie publishers. We’re not talking about Random House or the few other large publishing houses. And, if you’ve spent any time here at the Ginger Mom, you’ve most likely noticed that the majority of our reading list tends toward Indie authors and publishers. Think of it like the small business revolution going on across the country (or maybe that’s only in little towns like ours lol). We are here to help the little guy (or lady) get their books out there for others to enjoy because most Indie authors don’t have the giant marketing teams standing behind them like the larger publishers do. Like self-published authors, many Indie authors are responsible (at least in part) for getting their books into your hands.
So why don’t more people read Indie?
One of the largest complaints I have heard from bloggers about Indie and Self-published authors is editing. If you buy a book from one of the larger publishing houses, you are usually going to have a book with no typos. With Indie, that isn’t always the case. Is this because they’re Indie or because the proper editors weren’t used? I don’t know.
I am, by no means, immune to poor editing. I can over look some but there are many times that I’ve been reading an incredible story and there’s this word that just. doesn’t. fit.
Unfortunately, editing can make or break a story.
There are other reasons why bloggers refuse to read Indie authors / publishers. Things like the format review copies are offered in (many review copies I receive come in ebook format). There are still many bloggers and BookTubers out there who won’t accept anything other than hard copies. Personally, I think they are missing out. Some of my favorite books of last year (mermaids, mermaids, and more mermaids!) were books I read on my Kindle. But, that’s a discussion for another time.
Then there are cover issues. I hate to even say this but sometimes, you get what you pay for when it comes to covers. Maybe this is an issue more for self-published books because anybody can publish anything on Amazon now. And some covers look they were made with clip-art.
The problem with these issues is that they don’t apply to all Indie books or authors. Yes, there are books out there that just don’t get the care they deserve. And then there are those books that are incredible. Ones that make you so thankful you took a chance on them.
Why the Indie craze?
Yes Indy, it is. And when you find that book that pulls at every single heart string, you will understand why I am so obsessed.
Until then, happy hunting!
Let’s keep the discussion going! Do you read Indie books? If not, why? Do you have pet peeves other than the ones I mentioned? Have you found some Indie books that were so amazing you had to tell the world?