In line with my Summer Indie Reading Challenge, I wanted to talk a little bit about indie books and self-published reads. For a long while now I’ve been actively promoting and reviewing indie books on my blog. It’s become a habit of mine to actively seek out less known reads through my FB groups, on Twitter, and on the rare occasion Tumblr. My love for indie books goes beyond the stories told. It wasn’t something I thought about until the prompt for the Book Blogger Hop asked us about our likes and dislikes about self-published works.
After thinking on it, I realized that the major appeal to indie books because of the community I’ve become a part of on Facebook. I’m a part of the Indie Fantasy Fanatics group where we are constantly celebrating and talking about indie reads. I have a genuine love for the people and I believe that that adoration and personal connection with the authors is what pushes me to read more indie books. Today, I’m sharing with you my personal takes on what I like about indie books and also what I dislike about indie books.
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
WHAT I LIKE
AFFORDABLE KINDLE BOOKS
I simply adore my Kindle Paperwhite! As I can’t buy physical books most of the time, I solely rely on my Kindle for e-books – not to mention that it makes receiving review copies super easy! What I enjoy about indie books is that they are frequently on sale for as low as 0.99 USD. For someone who reads a lot but can’t afford to spend a lot, this is a blessing.
EASIER TO REACH THE AUTHORS
I think it comes with self-publishing that a lot of the authors are also handling the publicity and promotions of their books. I’m part of a facebook group for Indie authors and a member of the YA Book Stop where Indie authors place up their books for reviews. The system of getting review copies is much simpler as the authors themselves decide who gets the ARCs. Another reason is that since indie authors have complete control over their book, they also control the publicity rights hence why it’s easier for them to send out e-ARCs to international bloggers.
When I posted my blog topic on the group a majority of the readers mentioned that they liked indie books because there no gatekeeping about which stories got told. Authors were the decision makers when it came to the stories they wanted to put out into the world. Personally, this is a boon because I don’t want my favorite authors to have to shelve a book because it isn’t marketable at the time.
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WHAT I DISLIKE
HARDER TO PROMOTE
As a blogger, I find that indie books and self-published books are much harder to promote. The lack of buzz around them makes it difficult for me because who do I talk to about this awesome book? The best I can do is to recommend the book to my friends and if they do decide to pick it up, hello, hello! Here’s hoping they love it enough and we can generate the buzz together!
LACK OF EDITING
This isn’t present in every self-published book, however, there are cases when this happens and it’s a big hurdle to my reading. A lack of editing in a book is a quick way to a DNF for me. But I do understand those self-published authors don’t always have the income to invest in many things for their books. While I want to support as many indie books and self-published authors, a lack of editing in the book is not something I can push through.
LACK OF DIVERSITY
The most glaring problem for me with indie books is how diversity is not often discussed. It takes a lot of searching on my part to come across diverse authors or own voices authors. This is one of the reasons why I sometimes choose a traditionally published book over an indie book. I do admit that there is a lacking on my part, that perhaps I have just not found the right author or network, or indie publishing company yet. For me, my need for representation, the need to uplift more books with POC, with disabled characters, with LGBT+ characters, is what drives my reading experience. Twitter has been incredibly helpful with finding more self-published diverse authors but, sadly, it shouldn’t have to be that difficult.
Do you actively seek out indie books? What are your favourite indie books?
Recommend me a diverse book from a self-published or indie author!
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