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Don’t Sell Indie Authors Short

Before I begin this post, let me be clear – I am not writing this so that you will purchase my books. I am writing this post because I think its message is important.

I think as writers, we all worry that we’re not talented enough; that our writing and our stories aren’t good enough to share with the world. I also think that for those of us who are independently published authors, we sometimes feel inadequate or question our legitimacy as writers because we have not been published in the more traditional sense.

I can honestly say that I can relate to this issue. While I believe in my writing and in my stories, I sometimes feel like I’m not a ‘real’ author. No traditional publishing agency has ever offered me a contract or anything of the sort. I’ve taken it upon myself to get my fictional pieces out there and, because of this, I sometimes question whether or not I can call myself a true author.

Additionally, I think a lot of people sell indie authors short. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, whose writing are you going to put more faith in? A household name like Stephen King or a name you’ve hardly ever heard of or never heard of before? I’m not saying that there aren’t amazing people out there who take chances on new authors, but I don’t think it’s a very popular thing to do.

I’m going to admit something, I’m the same way. It’s hard for me to spend money on a book written by an author I’ve never heard of and who has published their books themselves. There are a lot of books out there that I don’t like that are written by well-known authors, so buying something written by someone I’ve never heard of is especially difficult.

However, I have learned something. Every writer deserves a fair chance to be heardWhile it’s a cliché, every author was once a writer that wasn’t super well-known. Even Stephen King had his days when people sat and thought, “Who the hell is that?”. While perhaps not self-published, the King of Horror would have never become the famous author he is today if no one ever took a chance on him and read his work!

I recently read a book by a self-published author and I couldn’t get enough of it! His writing style was incredible and his story was a fantastic one to read! I admit that there have been some self-published authors that when I have read their work, I haven’t really enjoyed it, but there have also been independently published authors that I have found quite talented.

If you’re reading this post and thinking, yeah, but it’s still a crap shoot when picking what indie authors are actually talented, you are absolutely right. But you know what, it’s the same thing with authors who are famous or highly well-known. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read books by well-known writers and simply not understood the appeal. We all have different tastes and dismissing self-published authors solely based on the fact that they are not traditionally published would be a crime against literature and honestly, a shame. Writers work extremely hard so that their finished product can be a successful one – selling them short would be a huge mistake.

So yes, I understand how tough it can be to take a chance on a writer who is relatively new to the game. But passing an author by just because they may not be experienced as other writers can be dangerous to literature. After all, we could be missing out on something truly spectacular.

Next time you see or hear about a book that interests you, but hesitate to purchase it because you’ve never heard of the writer or because they’re self-published, consider this: by not reading the author’s work, you may just be skipping out on wonderful opportunities – the chance to give hope and confidence to an up-and-coming writer and the chance to read something earth shatteringly fantastic!

So give all authors a chance! Don’t just read books that are written by authors that are famous or well-known. Don’t think that just because someone wasn’t traditionally published, that they can’t be talented. Good writing is not dependent on whether or not an author is a best-seller or someone just beginning to get their toes wet, it’s dependent on how hard a writer works and how much talent they bring to the table – or should I say to the page? So take a chance on a book that sounds interesting, you may just be pleasantly surprised!

 

*This post was inspired by the book, The Appointment, by Luke P. Narlee. Luke did not ask me to write this post, but rather it was my decision to spread awareness to the reading community that self-published authors can be just as talented (if not, more so) as authors who are lucky enough to find traditional publishing opportunities. I can honestly say that Luke’s book is one of the best novels I have read all year. If that doesn’t teach me the lesson that all writers – no matter how experienced – can have talent, then I don’t know what will!

**Special thanks goes to all those who support indie authors. Thank you also to those who have taken a chance on me as an author – I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your support.

If you’d like to check out Luke’s work, please feel free to do so below. Also, please remember all of the indie authors out there and don’t pass them by when considering your next read!

https://www.amazon.com/Luke-P-Narlee/e/B01MAUYYVP/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Thank You,

B.W. Ginsburg

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Reviews for Rest in Piece!

Hey everyone! As a writer and reader, I understand the importance of not wanting to spend ones hard earned money on a book that they are not going to enjoy. While everyone’s tastes are different and reviews are not always a guarantee of what you will receive, they are definitely helpful when deciding whether or not to purchase a book, or any other item for that matter.

For ease of access, I have compiled a number of links below where you can find reviews for my YA horror/fantasy novel, Rest in Piece. Special thanks goes to all who support my writing!

Reviews for Paperback version of Rest in Piece:

Reviews for Ebook version of Rest in Piece

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Rest In Piece – Who Doesn’t Love Heroes?

 

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Picture Taken By: B.W. Ginsburg

From Superman to Sydney Bristow from Alias, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Louise Erikson, the protagonist in my novel, Rest in Piece, is only twelve years old but is already given a chance to become a heroine. When she sees a mysterious image in a puzzle, her whole world is turned upside down. Will she be brave and take on the challenge placed before her, or will she find the task too demanding? Find out by purchasing your copy today! Kindle and paperback versions are available on Amazon.com!

[Picture and description also found on my Instagram page]

 

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My Writing Life

If you were to ask me when I knew I wanted to be an author, I’d probably have to say in high school. However, if you asked me when I began to love writing, I’d have to go back way further than that.

I always remember being in first grade and, with my finger, tracing in the carpet a letter. Maybe it was the letter ‘B’, I’m not totally sure. I even think my teacher at the time commented about it and how it showed I was interested in letters or writing or, something like that. It was a long time ago so the memory is a little fuzzy. I do remember tracing in the carpeting though and I remember loving to write.

As time went on, my best friend and I would write stories together in elementary school. We’d pick up a notebook and just start writing. I also remember distinctively writing poetry – maybe not very good poetry (it centered around a crush I had and I remember just repeating the same lines over and over again), but poetry nonetheless.

Above all else, I’ve always liked to write stories. I’ve tried my hand at writing poetry and even song lyrics (some have come out okay), but neither of these have felt as good and as right as when I write stories.

When I was younger, I read a lot. I still read today, but not as much. Sadly, I think I’ve become what is  known as a ‘mood reader’, a term I’ve recently learned means that, well, I have to be in the mood to read. Unfortunately, I’m often not in the mood. This is going to make me sound old, but I think due to the internet and TV, I sometimes tend to choose that over reading. It’s instant gratification and takes less thinking. Plus, it’s a lot more visual. I’m not saying that I like it more, it’s just how things have turned out. Trust me, I still love to read and find it way more essential than watching TV or surfing the web.

My point is that I’ve always loved to read and have found it extremely important. I think the love for reading is what made me love writing. Being a writer helps you become part of the literary world. I’ve admired so many authors over the years and have enjoyed reading their work. Now, as a writer, I can express myself and my ideas through words and literature. Hopefully, just as I’ve enjoyed many books over the years, readers will enjoy my writing.

The thought that someone could read a book that I wrote and fall in love with it makes me so happy. It’s not about the money or the fame (though those are nice things), but rather it’s about being able to give something to others that they will enjoy. Also, I love the idea of being part of something so wonderful.

So that’s my writing journey in a nutshell, or a post for that matter! What’s your writing journey? When did your love for writing begin?

 

 

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A Quote From A Reader!

There’s nothing better than receiving random compliments about your written work when you’re a writer! Just last week, I received this lovely compliment from a friend on Instagram about my new short story collection, Abstract Clarity:

“I was going to read it in the car on our weekend trip but there was just too much stuff going on in the car so last night after I got everything done and the house was quiet I started reading your book! I was so tired but I kept saying to myself “just one more page – just one more page” and as I was reading I got a little scared…I mean because I was being sucked into the story! (It was a good thing) So – tonight I’m going to continue reading after the house is quiet! Thanks for such a great read! You are a talented writer” – new_writer_on_the_block

Special thanks goes out to everyone who supports my writing! If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of my short story collection, Abstract Clarity, or my novel, Rest in Piece, please feel free to visit my Amazon Author Page.

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Writing Advice: Don’t Force It!

You’ve probably heard that as a writer, you should be writing every day. I both agree and disagree with this piece of advice. While I think that we should try to get some form of writing done each day (whether it’s posting on Instagram, blogging, working on some other form of social media, writing stories or poetry, etc.), I don’t think that we should necessarily get angry with ourselves if we go one or two days without writing.

I don’t think I believe that writing just for the sake of it, is always a good thing. I feel like writing should be something a person wants to do. I think that by saying, “I’m going to make myself write every day”, we sometimes run the risk of making ourselves frustrated with something we’d normally love doing.

Don’t get me wrong, when we’re working on a writing project or setting goals, I think it’s important that we find a way to push through and accomplish our goals. I think that we need to stay dedicated to our craft and not give up on what we’re passionate about. What I’m talking about are the times when we’re in between projects – I think it’s okay to take a break from writing if we want.

Again, I’m not saying don’t write at all. While I don’t consciously tell myself that I have to write every day, I probably do manage to get words written down on a daily basis. Right now, I’m blogging and earlier, I was posting on Instagram – both are forms of writing. However, I don’t think that it’s vital to always be writing a huge novel or even a short story or poem. I think it’s more than okay to give ourselves a break and just relax.

Not every minute has to be about making sure we’re working on our next big story. As writers, we don’t always have to push ourselves to write every single day just because we think it’s what we should be doing. Write when you want to write, when it’s going to make you feel good about yourself and when you can enjoy it. I do believe that there’s a such thing as pushing yourself so much that you start to dread the things you love the most. That, my friends, would be a shame.

What do you think? Should we push ourselves to write every day or is it okay to take breaks from writing sometimes? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

 

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About the Stories – October’s Rein

October’s Rein is the second story in my short story collection, Abstract Clarity. It’s a horror story about how a woman’s love for Halloween goes horribly wrong!

With October’s Rein, I really wanted to write a good, creepy horror story that was short but gruesome. For a while now, I’ve been watching shows like Supernatural that include scary elements and I wanted to create my own horror show through writing. I never really used to be into horror movies, but then I started watching them with my dad. The first real ‘horror’ movie I saw was Secret Window, based off of Stephen King’s Secret Window, Secret Garden. From then on, I started watching slightly scarier movies and shows (Storm of the Century, The Night Flier, The Skeptic, etc.).

When it comes to a horror writer I really like, I really enjoy some of John Saul’s works. I like Stephen King as well, but haven’t really delved into a lot of his books yet. I have, however, seen quite a few of the movies based off of his works.

Getting back to October’s Rein, I really wanted to write a short, scary story. I wanted to make it imaginative and horrific. I used something that I was slightly scared of as a child and got creative with it, turning imagination into reality for my main character!

As for the title, October’s Rein, I have to thank my dad. I couldn’t seem to think of a title that wasn’t already taken and then he suggested this one. To say the least, I was very pleased with it!

I hope that you’ve all enjoyed this short look into my short story, October’s Rein, from my new collection, Abstract Clarity. To check out more about the book or purchase your own copy, please feel free to visit Amazon.com.

Thank You For Your Support!

-B.W. Ginsburg