Hey everybody! I hope you’re all doing well.
Today I’d like to talk about the importance of supporting indie authors and how you can go about doing so. As you’d probably expect, this subject is very near and dear to my heart and I would greatly appreciate it if you would please take the time to read this post. Thank you.
Many things in life are difficult and being a self-published author is no exception. I think the hardest thing I’ve experienced so far about being self-published is getting the word out about my work. Let’s face it – there are only so many ways to spread the news about one’s writing when it hasn’t been recognized by a traditional publishing company.
Due to the fact that it is so hard to advertise one’s own work, I truly believe in the importance of others assisting in the spreading of the news. The more that people get the word out that indie authors exist and that they are writing books (books that are sometimes just as good as those published traditionally), the more of a chance authors will have of making sales.
I’m going to be honest – it would be nice if everyone was able to purchase every book imaginable, but I think we all know that that’s not likely. For one thing, not everyone is interested in reading every book out there (I know I’m not), and for another thing, we all have limited funds. I’m not going to say that I go around buying every book ever written by an indie author because I don’t. I simply don’t have the money to do so. However, I do believe in supporting indie authors in any way possible, whether big or small – this includes trying to download some books when they are free and write honest reviews.
To continue on the subject of purchasing books written by self-published authors, I understand one’s hesitation to do so. It can be difficult spending our money on anything, let alone spending our hard earned savings on books written by an author that’s new to the literary word and who isn’t a ‘household name’. However, this is something that we all must remember: we need to give indie authors a chance. Not everyone is lucky enough to be traditionally published. This does not mean that an author doesn’t have talent or that their work isn’t good!
Here’s the truth. I have read some utterly amazing books written by indie authors. I have read some books that I truly enjoyed. If I had decided that I wouldn’t read these books because the authors were self-published, not only would I be a hypocrite, but I would have missed out on something wonderful!
So when you’re looking at books or when you hear about an author who is self-published, please don’t automatically dismiss their work. If you want to help support their writing, but can’t afford to make a purchase, that’s okay. Instead, please consider spreading the word about their work in other ways – write a blog post about it, show a picture on Instagram or Facebook, give an author interview – whatever!
If you are looking for a book to purchase or if you have the money to spend and a book published independently sounds good, then please consider making the purchase. Please don’t hesitate merely because the author chose to self-publish. Indie authors deserve to have their work read – after all, we all spend a lot of time and energy making our writing enjoyable. Please, don’t sell us short!
For a list of indie authors in which I’ve read their books and have truly enjoyed their work, please see below:
1.) Luke P. Narlee’s The Appointment
2.) N.M. McGregor’s West End Montana
3.) Ginger Elinburg’s Wicked Welcome
4.) Jade Moore’s Conversations Bordering on Torment
I am also in the process of reading two other books by indie authors:
1.) Ligeia Wang’s Beyond Event Horizon
2.) Richard Bell’s Life Seemed Good, But…