Saturday, January 5, 2013
Indie Published Books Can Be a Delightful Surprise
It's been cold, wet, and dreary out. The kind of January we desperately need, but not the kind to venture outside the warmth of the recliner and afghan.
I decided it might be time to download some free or inexpensive self-published books (now indie-published) on my Kindle. I wanted to see if the quality of the writing, all aspects, were improving since so many writers were going that route and readers were praising them.
I didn't want to load up my Kindle with vanity works, the ones that made us wince or snort in derision when we first heard about self published books. There are still a whole lot of those books available. But how could I be sure?
I pulled up Amazon and began browsing. First a title had to grab me, then after I clicked on it, I read the blurb. If it sounded like something I would enjoy, I immediately looked to see who published the book. (If it's not obvious, a quick search in a new window tells you right away if it's not a traditional house.)
My next step is to check the author's page if there is one. I learned some amazing things. Some of these authors were traditionally published in the past and, still owning digital rights, they've uploaded the book. Some authors left publishers to go out on their own. Others, tired of rejection after working for years honing their craft, have gone this route and have quality work to offer.
To my delight, most of the books I downloaded turned out to be well done. A few were rough around the edges in the editing tight department, but I chose well.
I encourage other skeptical and reluctant readers to give some of these indie books a chance and judge for yourself.