Let’s have another discussion post, shall we? They’re always so much fun.
Today I want to see if I can make some sense of my thoughts on
traditional publishing vs. indie publishing
and why-oh-why there is such a line in the sand between the two sometimes.
Before I blogged, I was a blog stalker. Don’t act like that…y’all did it too!
I noticed blogs say that they did not accept self-published/indie published books
(Sometimes it would even be boldfaced! What in the world??)
When I became my a blogger myself,I guess I followed suit.
I hadn’t ever really read any self-published books because
if my library had them, I wasn’t aware of it.
AND…if no one else was reading them…I guess I didn’t need to either, right?
In doing a little research, I found that bloggers didn’t want to read self-pubs/indies because they had what they called “bad experiences” or because of bad editing or various other reasons like that…certainly valid reasons for not reading books! But one day I was sort of browsing around looking for upcoming titles and I found a book with one of the most beautiful covers I had ever seen…and my gracious it was an indie! What on earth would I do?
At that time, I clearly stated in my review policy that I didn’t read books like that but oh my gracious it sounded amazing and was SO PRETTY.
(y’all know I’m a cover girl and cannot resist a pretty cover)
So I requested that book. I sure did. My first indie request.
And you know what? I was BLOWN AWAY.
The cover was perfect. The editing was perfect. The story was amazing.
And my entire perspective on a whole new new branch of the industry was changed, just like that…
because a well-done cover and great marketing caught my eye,
and an excellent story with great editing followed.
I myself (speaking only for myself here) had judged this entire portion of the industry based on what other people said and did…without giving them a chance! That is totally not like me in real life, by the way.
I felt horrible.
I knew that if I struck gold with one book
~ surely there were other great ones out there ~
so I decided that I’d look around…and you know what? I’ve found plenty of them.
Sure, there are some not-so-great indies.
Some could use some editing work,
some could use some cover work,
and some of the authors could seriously work on their pitch process.
But there are some not-so-great traditionally pubbed books out there too…
…and all of the things in this list applies to them as well.
One of my favorite things about the Self-Pubs & Indie Authors is:
They are so hardworking and supportive of one another.
It is SO OBVIOUS too, y’all. It’s right there on Twitter.
I LOVE IT. And I want to be a part of it.
I LOVE being a part of it.
When I read one of their books, it is a JOY to be doing so.
THAT is part of what book blogging is about…
I know I don’t have the kind of drive and determination
to do the work behind publishing and marketing my own book, so
I am forever in awe of this group of people!
And for the readers out there who love this sort of thing:
these authors are super interactive.
They typically want to talk to you,
respond to you,
hear your feedback,
and answer your questions.
They are all over twitter and their respective blogs.
Now, I’d love to talk for a second about the recent drama that has been happening between the traditional publishing authors/agents and bloggers. I’ve seen several people say that they won’t be buying the books of certain authors…and they are entitled to these feelings and in some cases, maybe justified. I personally would consider these “bad experiences.” So…then…are people going to say that they won’t be reading any more traditionally published books because of bad experiences?
I very recently read and reviewed and LOVED a book that was involved in one of the major drama episodes. I posted my raving good review, which was totally contradictory to the drama-inducing review that was involved in the mess that was going on while I was reading the book. I was totally oblivious to the entire scandal between the blogger and industry professionals until after I finished the book and started puffing it up on Twitter. I loved the book, still love the book, and wish I could read it again. Despite loving it and giving it a very, very positive review, I consider that a bad experience. However, I personally am not going to stop reading books by traditionally published authors and I will re-read that book and continue with that series when it comes out.
I’m just saying this: I wish more people would give the self-pubs & indies a chance:
Step outside of the box, step outside of your comfort zones.
Because there is some amazing stuff out there in indie-land!
And, likewise, there is some crap in traditional-land! That is just the way it is.
For those of us who love to read
– you really love a great story –
I just don’t understand why it matters where it comes from…
there is room in the world for both kinds of publishing.
As long as the story is great and compelling, who cares?
I will say…
~ because I’m sure you are wondering~
~and because I’m sure I’ll get a million emails~
(please don’t pitch me your book on this blog post)
…I am EXTREMELY SELECTIVE in what I read
in both kinds of publishing.
I pick my titles based on what I think I’ll enjoy, traditional AND indie.
I do not accept every pitch I get. I couldn’t possibly read all of them,
and I know that I won’t enjoy all of them. I take indies on a case-by-case basis.
But you should know, y’all, that for some of the indies,
I get just as squeally as some of the books from the Big 6.
I will ballerina dance around my living room just as fast and lovely
for certain Indies as I will for certain Traditionals. FACT.
This is not to slam my blogging friends who still do not read self-pubs/indie books. Everyone has their niche and their reasons. Some are really good ones. Maybe you don’t have an eReader, maybe you don’t really read that many books to branch that far from your TBR list, maybe you just don’t want to, etc. Whatever your reason, it is fine! I’m just thinking that this month has been a month of “bad experiences” with traditional publishing…and I know a group of people who work so hard and are so appreciative (like, directly to you, not through an agent) of the time you take to read and share your thoughts with the world.
I just would LOVE to see more people try indies. That is all.
Hello, My Name is Asheley.
I read Indie Published books
Traditionally Published books.
And I am/it is awesome.
Okay, let’s hear it. Who will/won’t read the indies?
Have you ever given them a chance? A second chance?
Do you need indie recommendations? Cause I have some!
Any thoughts or comments?