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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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Current Book Prices

Hey everyone! So while the After Thanksgiving Sale for my short story collection, Abstract Clarity, has ended, my books are still available for purchase on Amazon.com. Here is a list of the current prices:

Special Edition Cover Abstract Clarity

$4.99

Kindle

$11.99
Paperback

Original Cover Abstract Clarity 

$3.99
Kindle Edition

$10.99
Paperback

Rest in Piece
$4.99
Kindle Edition

$12.99
Paperback

I hope you’re all having a great December so far! Thank you for your support!

-B.W. Ginsburg

 

 

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LAST CHANCE!

Hey everybody! Today is the last chance for you to enter the #bwginsburgcontest on Instagram. If you do so, you will have the chance to win an original free Microsoft Word copy of your choice of one of my books. Below are the instructions on how to participate:

1.) Purchase one of my books on Amazon.com (Rest in Piece or Abstract Clarity). To purchase, click here! If you purchase the book today, I recommend purchasing the ebook so that you can participate in the contest! The paperback will not be delivered in time to do so.

2.) Take a creative fall picture of the book you purchased.

3.) Use hashtag #bwginsburgcontest in your post for a chance to win your free Microsoft Word copy of my other book!

Good luck to all the participants and thank you for your support!

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Instagram Book Photo Contest Update!

Hey guys! I’ve decided to extend my Instagram Book Photo Contest that I am hosting to November 27th, 2017. This will allow for everyone to have more time to purchase one of my books, take their creative picture, and post it on Instagram for a chance to win a free Microsoft Word copy of whichever one of my books they do not already own. The following are the rules. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you!

The Rules:

1.) Purchase either the paperback or Kindle version of my book Rest in Piece or Abstract Clarity. Books can be purchased on Amazon.com or here.

2.) Take a creative Fall picture featuring one of my books. Again, the photo can feature the paperback or Kindle version of the book.

3.) Post the photo on Instagram and use hashtag #bwginsburgcontest

*Winner will receive the original Microsoft Word copy of my book that they do not already own. For example, if you post a picture of my novel, Rest in Piece, you will receive a free Microsoft Word copy of my short story, Abstract Clarity. If your picture is of Abstract Clarity, you will win a free Microsoft Word copy of Rest in Piece.

Feel free to visit my Instagram page at b.w.ginsburg48

 

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Trust Your Instincts!

I learned an important lesson the other day.

As many of you may know, I’d been struggling with my current work in progress. My plan for the novel was to write it a little differently than my other two books, so naturally I was a bit worried. Self-doubt caused me to start over from the beginning twice and let me tell you, each time I rewrote the draft, I was even more unhappy than I was with the previous copy. In the end, I realized that my first draft was indeed the best and that nothing was really wrong with it. In fact, I liked how it had turned out.

As writers, we all half self-doubt. Is our work good enough? Is it something people will want to read? Will it get decent reviews? Are we talented enough to pull this off? All of these questions enter our minds as we write our hearts out. There is nothing wrong with wanting to put our best foot forward, but sometimes we overthink our writing so much, that we end up digging our own holes. The deeper we dig, the harder it is to get ourselves out.

I decided that I needed to let things go. I decided that the more I nitpicked at every single sentence I wrote, the worse things were going to get. You know what? I was right. I read over my original draft and really liked it. I was almost upset that I wasted my time doubting myself. Instead of obsessing over whether or not my writing was good enough, I could have been working on my original draft. Sometimes we just need to step back and trust our instincts. I realized that I’m a good writer and although I’m not perfect, I should allow myself to write without thinking too much about what I’m putting down on paper. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t care, but we shouldn’t convince ourselves that we’re not talented, when in reality, just the opposite is true!

 

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Interview With Author N.M. McGregor

Hey everybody! I have just finished reading N.M. McGregor’s novel, West End Montana, the first book in a series about a spunky and independent teenager who must navigate the daily tides of life. McGregor does a wonderful job of creating a character and plot that we as readers can relate to in various ways. Today I have the pleasure of speaking to this wonderful author. 

B.W. : Nadine, Montana’s character is strong-willed, independent, and curious. Do you see yourself in her? Who was your inspiration for this character? 

N.M. : That is an excellent question. I think it was Jack Kerouac, that said we are whom we write. I would say that the makeup of who Montana is, how she deals with struggles and her unique system for surviving a very tough environment is very much based on my own tenacity growing up.

B.W. : Montana has a very interesting family dynamic – a whole household of brothers! Is this similar to your own family?

N.M. : I have twins, boy and girl, and two additional sons. I definitely used a lot of the twin dynamic from observing my twins, however, the characters themselves are not.

B.W. : Montana is a character that many people can relate to. Did you find yourself learning anything from her, maybe something you didn’t expect?

N.M. : yep, she has her crap together, probably more than most, and I never saw her as that until I read her story. She is very brave and she is strong and she is compassionate, those qualities in her will often make up for the lack of other qualities that society may find more meaningful.

B.W. : Where did you get the idea for West End Montana?

N.M. : I read the Outsiders when I was 14 and fell in love with the characters and the simplicity of the language. I think Susie E. Hinton is brilliant and I wanted something similar. Montana is part of a series, book one is very much done in a diary style, and we move away from that he said, she said conversational dairy style writing in book 2. In essence, the novels grow with her maturity and experience. Also, I very much wanted to honour where I come from. My tribe from Vancouver B.C. they are an awesome, crazy, eclectic crew who warms my heart. The experiences, for the most part, are true and did occur, the school was my school I was a cheerleader, etc. So much of the truth is sandwiched in a fictitious storyline.

B.W. : West End Montana is the first novel in a series. What interests you about writing a series as opposed to a standalone novel?

N.M. : I think ‘stand alone’ novels are great too. I have a novella coming out, The Moon Goddess Chronicles that is about a lovely yogi named Suri. I really believe for me the difference between a novel and a series is based on how much the character has to say. I think of how much time I invested reading the Outlander series which is great writing. Had there been one book I would have been very disappointed. I wanted to know the long story of Jaime and Claire. I believe when folks ready about Montana, they will want the same thing with her and Adam, they want to follow them to the end. That sometimes takes a few books.

B.W: What do you hope readers will gain from your work?

N.M. : I think there is a huge opportunity for women to see there are varying ways to show strength in character….I also believe that there is an opportunity for parents to learn their children and communication tools are abundant in this story. Also, no matter where you come from, or what happens to you, its okay. You’re not broken, only chipped and that adds to the flavour of who you are. A sense of unpredictable power as possessed by the main character.  An unusual presence of mind in someone who isn’t a super hero but lives larger than most people. A view into a world with few rules, that change in a heartbeat.  A struggle to find real connections and live with a sense of purpose and justice that comes at a cost.

B.W. What excites you most about the rest of the Montana series?

N.M. A chance to blend personal experience with fantasy.  To remember people and places and say “What if…?” and fill in the blanks.  It’s an escape and a journey into a world that allows me to makes sense of the one I live in.

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Why Honesty Is The Best Policy

Let’s talk honesty. Let’s talk kindness and respect. Let’s talk about how we should use both of them when sharing our opinions.

When someone asks for our opinion about their writing (or really anything), I firmly believe that honesty is always the best policy. Period. However, I also believe that we should share that honesty in a kind and respectful way. For example, if we read a book and we don’t care for it, I don’t think we should say something like: “Your writing is awful! or “Your plot makes no sense!”. Rather, we should find a nice, but honest, way of expressing our feelings.

Honesty is the best policy for many reasons. Most writers and authors (including myself) want to know how they can improve their writing. We take our work seriously and we don’t want people to say they like our writing just to spare our feelings. Simply being kind without honesty does not help us become better writers, it merely makes us feel that there is nothing we need to work on. For most of us, we want to be the best we can be. This doesn’t mean we have to point out every little flaw to each other, but it does mean that if we don’t like something and we think it’s relevant to mention, that we should.

Honesty, however, is very different from going out of your way to be hurtful. Like I said, there is a huge difference between being honest in a kind, helpful way and just being cruel. So when someone asks for your opinion or a review, tell them the truth, but try to do so in a considerate manner. Chances are that the writer will appreciate you taking the time to discuss any issues with them while also, of course, appreciating your kindness while doing so.

The bottom line is this – don’t be afraid to be honest. Just do so in a way that is respectful.