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 heard! While 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!