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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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More About The Seeds 4 Life

Hey everybody! So while I was updating this site, I added a link in the menu for my articles on the inspirational website, The Seeds 4 Life. This site, and the fact that I was given the opportunity to be a freelancer, means the world to me. Therefore, I would like to go into a little more detail on what The Seeds 4 Life is all about. As cited on their website,

“TheSeeds4Life is a website that provides both inspirational messages and personal development articles.  All are based around a wide range of quotes in the areas of self-development, personal growth, and self-improvement. 
This site was created around the idea that your mind functions like a garden, with your thoughts acting like the Seeds.  The more inspirational or positive thoughts you Seed within your mind, the more flowers you’ll grow.  However, Seed your mind with more thoughts of defeat or negativity, and you’ll surely produce more weeds than flowers.” – Matt Dire, founder of The Seeds 4 Life 

I really do believe in the above statement. I know from experience that with hard work and a positive attitude, we can get through our obstacles. Progress may not occur as quickly as we may hope, but with time and effort, things can, and will, change for the better.

I have been writing for this site for a couple of years now and I can say that I am very grateful for the opportunity. I highly recommend that if you’re searching for daily inspiration, you check out this wonderful resource. Also, rest assured that I was in no way asked or told to write this post – this is something I wanted to do. I wanted to share how thankful I am to be able to contribute to this great place and where one can locate the writing of both myself and others.

I would like to thank all of the writers on The Seeds 4 Life, especially Matt Dire, for creating the website and allowing me to be a part of your wonderful team!

-B.W. Ginsburg

 

 

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New Stories And Uncertainty

I’m currently working on a new novel, or at least, what I hope will become one. I have to be honest though and say that I’m not feeling as confident about this book as my other two. I keep wondering if what I have planned is enough to be made into a successful story. Is the plot good enough? Is the story idea fresh enough? Is it something readers would really want to sink their teeth into? So many questions are swirling around in my mind.

A part of me really likes the story idea and I feel that if I can write it well enough, then it’ll be successful. However, I do have doubts – I’m not above admitting that.

I don’t think I’m ready to give up on the idea quite yet though. In fact, I still like the idea quite a bit. I just need to really start diving into the story, after all I don’t have that much written yet. Also, there’s nothing wrong with me asking those I trust for their opinions, which I plan on doing.

I’m writing this post to tell you that it’s okay not to be 100% confident when writing something new – it doesn’t make you a bad writer or mean that your story isn’t up to snuff. All it means is that you’re human and that writing something good means so much to you, that you want to do a good job. While doubting in your abilities to write something extraordinary is never a good thing, caring that your work will turn out how you want it, is. As writers, we should want our writing to be something we’re proud of.

Remember that you are a talented writer. Look at your previous work and remind yourself that the wonderful words that you see came from your creativity. Trust your instincts and have faith in your abilities. Don’t give up on your story right away if you have some doubts, work with it for a while. If you still don’t like it, then you can work on something else, but don’t let temporary uncertainty make you question your talent as a writer.

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An Author’s Tools – Balance & Patience

Writing your book isn’t always easy. Many times it’s difficult and time consuming. However, I think that any writer who has finished working on their writing can admit that it’s worth the effort.

Something else that’s worth the effort is advertising your written work once it’s published. This is something else that’s difficult and really, is a never ending commitment. Let’s face it – every single author wants to sell as many of their books as possible. It’s not just about earning money as a writer, but it’s about having others appreciate our work and add it to their literary collection. I think we can all agree as writers that having someone purchase your book is a fabulous feeling.

As writers and authors, it only makes sense that we want people to purchase our books. It only makes sense that we get excited after we hit that publish button or when our books come out in stores. We start wondering when we’ll get our first copy sold, our first review written, etc. This is only natural and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

However, at the same time, sometimes excitement can lead to anxiety. We become worried that our books won’t sell, that our ratings and reviews won’t be as good as we’d like, and that maybe – we’re not as talented as we thought. These are also normal feelings. What’s not normal or good, is when you allow these thoughts to overtake your life.

Writing (whether you’re making money from it or not) should be fun. Above all else, writing should be something one enjoys doing. If you start obsessing about how many books you’ve sold or whether or not your work is appreciated, remember the main reason for writing.

I’ll admit, I can get a little impatient when it comes to selling my books. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy selling my books as a self-published author (most promotion is self-promotion which isn’t an easy thing to get done), but I also expected to have more sales by now. This has led me to feel a bit anxious about whether or not I’ll sell more copies and when it will occur. I’m appreciative for every sale and review I’ve gotten so far, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish I had more. I don’t think this is totally greedy, but rather normal when it comes to wanting others to own your work. After all, part of the reason that authors write is to share their work with others.

Still, I realize that something I can get a bit too stressed out and too impatient. Part of the process of being an author (in addition to writing and publishing), is self-promoting and being patient with the results. Not everyone is going to rush out and immediately purchase your books. It takes time to make money. Also we have to remember as self-published authors that every author has to start out somewhere. Before Stephen King was the King of Horror, he was just a first time writer like all of us.

When it comes to looking forward to sales, remember that it is perfectly normal to want as many people as possible to purchase and enjoy your work. However, we also have to understand that things take time and sometimes things don’t work out quite how we expected. Don’t let yourself start to obsess about things that you can’t control. When someone decides they want to purchase, read, or review your book – they will. I know that waiting is hard, but it’s something that we all must learn to do.

P.S. If you’re having trouble selling your work, don’t lose hope. Keep trying the best you can to promote your work while still enjoying the fact that you’re a writer and a published author!