The Indie Author
Indie authors face a lot of challenges but a major one is the reputation that’s out there. It’s not all that great, thanks mostly to the abundance of horribly written books inundating the market. Seems like everyone, and I mean everyone, is suddenly a writer. It’s wonderful that there’s a platform for writers who want to control everything about the publishing of their work, but it would be nice if there were some basic guidelines. No one is perfect, but understanding the English language would be nice, especially if you’re going to publish a book in English.
Not too long ago I bought a book because the cover was professionally done, and the blurb snagged my interest. It didn’t take me long to discover that the best thing about the book was the cover. I thought to myself, this author can’t write, she knows she can’t write, but she’s smart. She put out a pretty book cover to encourage people to buy it, and that’s the problem. It’s called word of mouth folks. There’s a ton of readers groups out there and yes, they share their experiences. Can’t you just hear it now? Don’t buy indie books because people who aren’t good enough to get published only write them.
Not true! There are tons of great indie authors out there. Some of them are established with a publisher, and just want the experience of self-publishing; especially for control freaks out there, me included. Any writer who loves their craft will do whatever it takes to put the best book out there that they can. They take pride in their work. For some of them it’s not even about the money. It’s their passion. So the best advice I can give a reader is to realize indie authors aren’t all the same, and to please check them out before you buy.
About the Post Author:
My name is Tory Richards, and I’m a proud grandmother who likes to read and write smut, otherwise known as erotic romance. Born in Maine, I’ve spent most my life in Florida. For many years my passion of writing stories remained a secret between me and my manual typewriter, electric typewriter, and finally my first computer. Once my family found out what I’d been doing all those years they encouraged me to submit to a publisher, and the rest, as they say, is history. I’m proud to say my first book, under my real name Debbie Wallace, was on the publisher’s bestsellers list for two consecutive months!
A couple years ago I retired from Disney, and now spend my time between family, friends, cats, and writing. I have the perfect life.
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