[Discussion] Do You Read Indie?

Do you read Indie?

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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.

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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?

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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!
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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? 

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43 thoughts on “[Discussion] Do You Read Indie?”

  1. Great blog plost~! 😀 Hmm, I’ve never strayed toward indie books, but now I’m reconsidering! I think the main reason for me was the covers (whenever I see a title in Calibri or Papyrus, I MENTALLY IMPLODE), but I feel like I was being a bit unfair. After all, like you said, they don’t have enormous marketing/design teams to package the book in a way that will appeal to all readers. Indie book sellers really are overlooked and underappreciated, especially in the blogging world.

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      1. I mean we do but we just have stories to tell. J.K. got turned down and 100 times before a little girl gave told her father she loved the book.

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  2. This is the second discussion I read today on indie authors, but on the other end of the spectrum. The first was around refusing all indie authors and the reasons why (some of which you covered). I personally love the more interactive I get to be with indie authors. That’s the best part… outside of the reading great stories, of course. Great post!

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  3. I am an indie author but I am REALLY working on doing it right as best I can. I have seen textbooks and great award winner books with a few typos and honestly it makes me realize that we all have mistakes. I believe that most people get excited at the thought of seeing their name on a book and put it out there. It’s like with lots of etsy sellers too. They put it out there and wonder why it isn’t selling. The number one thing is to have faith and do your best. I m editing my book and working on the illustrations. What sells if it’s a great book. I for one don’t care who or where a book is published when I first see it. Unless it’s by a favorite author of mine. The point is We fall in love with the cover and then open it and maybe read a little and then we are hooked. That is the point of a great book and great books sell! There have been plenty of awesome books who the writer didn’t have a formal background but they just wrote a great story!

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  4. We make sure that none of these flaws can be attributed to the books that we at DLD Books (www.dldbooks.com) send out for publication!
    David and I are both very good editors. We are the authors of over 30 books of our own, both fiction and nonfiction, 19 of which were published by mainstream publishers. We go over every client’s book at least four or five times, both on the screen and then after we get the printed proof copy. We maintain close contact with the author all along the way. We carefully check all references to people, places, dates, products, etc. David does top-notch formatting, as he is a retired computer programmer and tech writer with over 40 years of experience in those fields. We work together on the cover, also with the author’s input. Then we get the book published with Amazon, Smashwords, and CreateSpace, and it’s sold worldwide in both e-book and print formats.
    We even provide each author with a FREE book-related Web page, which David makes sure is fully accessible. The URL for the Web page becomes the author’s main marketing tool. The Web page includes a photo of the cover, a synopsis, the author’s bio information, and direct buying links, as well as links to any interviews the author may have had, TV appearances, outstanding reviews, etc.
    Because we aim to be affordable, we do all this for only $25 per hour, and only $20 per hour for those who are blind, otherwise disabled, and/or low income. We accept payment by check, money order, or PayPal, also in installments. Most of the books that we have produced have come in at a total cost to the author of $500-$1500. We have worked with some 35 clients so far on more than 50 books, both fiction and nonfiction. We have at least six or seven more books to get out this year alone.
    The author receives all royalties from sales. One more service that we provide is a monthly sales report to each author who has had Amazon, CreateSpace, or Smashwords sales in the previous month.
    On top of all that, we are always happy to offer advice and help as needed. David and I both spend many hours every month offering advice and technical help to all of our authors who need those things. We also do as much as we can to help the author with marketing.
    Leonore Dvorkin
    Editor, DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services
    http://www.dldbooks.com
    Personal website: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com
    E-mail: leonore@leonoredvorkin.com
    Home 303.985.2327 (best number) / Cell 303.885.1728
    My website: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com (books, articles, language services, publishing help, and more)
    David’s website: http://www.dvorkin.com

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  5. A lot of my reading since I started my blog has been indie. Some have been weird, some have been great. I’ve run into the editing issue significantly. It is because there are different types of editors and most indie authors can’t afford several grand to pay to the different editors.

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  6. Great post. And good that you mentioned indie publishers as that’s a bit of a different group for me. I do like indie books although for the reasons I said before it has become difficult with many indie authors perhaps not ready (or dare I say not good enough) to be published yet, but still they publish their books and you’re right, some covers look like they were made in under 10 minutes using paint or clipart, lol.
    But there are some brilliant indie books out there. They are rare for me but some great books by a few authors who I’d still recommend and still love to read. I also am a fan of indie publishers. Some of them are very professional and two I know of haven’t got any issues with editing and had I not looked them up and seen that they were indie I would have said they are an imprint of a big publishing house, they are that good 🙂 I think the good side of indie books is that they often publish what the mainstream don’t want. And it’s not always a bad thing. In fact sometimes a book just blows you away but it might have been considered too niche or not ‘now’ to be published by penguin or something big.
    I’d still advocate indie books, but with caution as so many self published ones out there can be very, very bad Lol great topic and great to read a more positive post about the indie issue 🙂

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  7. I only really started reading indie about 2 years ago and the majority have been great. Some of my all time favorites have been from indie authors (Katie Reus & Anna Hackett are 2 of my go-tos) and without taking that chance I never would have found them. I would say the covers are getting much better now that indie is getting more popular. Many authors are realizing the importance of an attractive cover. After all, readers are bombarded with thousands of options when they look for a new book to read and authors have to do something to make their title stand out.

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  8. I used to read more indie books but there was the editing problem you mentioned and not just in terms of typos. I felt like many of the books I read could have used an editor to suggest ways to tighten up the plot, make the characters more three-dimensional, etc. I know there are good indie authors out there, but I think you’d have to make an effort to find them. I expect it’s easier for people to pick up a book published by a recognized publishing house and just trust that there was sufficient editing done.

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    1. Very true. And I agree, most of the editing errors haven’t always been in terms of typos. I stick to Indie authors that have been recommended by others, at the moment. I am willing to give many a try but it does get to be a bit challenging if you are constantly finding books that just weren’t given their best chance to succeed.

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  9. Yes, I do read indie. There are a couple of reasons.
    1. To see what the competition is made of since I am starting out on my own indie path. In fact, reading indie was what set me on the path in the first place. I read so many bad things, it made me determined to put something good into the world.
    2. Because every so often you come across a really good author who has taken the time to polish their work and present it properly so they deserve to be read.

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