I’m sorry for posting so much lately, I just have so much to say! I am filled with such love for all of you and the indie author/book movement as a whole and I wanted to share with you the reason why.
I am a twenty something college student who was first published in 2013 during my senior year of high school. I continually slaved away at sending query letters to agents, hoping and praying to find someone who would accept my work and help me get traditionally published. I wanted to spread my work with the world in the biggest way possible and I felt that being traditionally published would help me achieve this.
But that was not the case.
I got rejected time and time again, and I would be lying if I said that it didn’t damper my passion for writing and my characters and stories as a whole. I felt that no one wanted to read my stories and that they weren’t even good enough to be looked at. I started to lose my passion to spread my writing around, and stopped writing for awhile because I just couldn’t get over the rejection. But that was when I found the indie author community.
Never have I felt so included and loved by a community, even an online one. Ever since I have become active in the community and have had my two books self published I have now regained my passion and my love for my stories and characters. Being in the community has helped me to understand the problems with both of my books (editing, mostly) and has allowed me to act on them and not feel ashamed or as though I am a terrible writer.
But the best part of being an indie author and a reviewer has been being able to read all of your stories and understand how passionate you are about them. I know how much time and effort you all have put into your work, and I take my reviews very seriously. For many of us, the stories we have published were worked on for years before they were finalized and they deserve to be heard.
When I read indie novels, I feel as though I am reading the soul of the author and I handle it very carefully. Indie books are not “lesser”, and in my opinion they have had more opportunity to thrive because they aren’t revised and edited in order to match the current market. They are free, just as all novels should be.
I just want you all to know how much I love you, both the writers and the readers, and that I urge anyone who hasn’t considered indie books to go out and pick one up right this second. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed, and if you need recommendations, then absolutely contact me at email@example.com and I will have a mouthful for you. I can also direct you to the authors themselves who can prove to you just how important their work is to them.
Thank you all for reading my blog and trusting me with your books. And thank you to the readers who care enough to read the reviews I write and take the novels reviewed into consideration. No one is to be excluded from this community, and please know that I am here for anything you need, even if it is just someone to talk to.
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I do want to make a note, however, that I do not think that indie novels are better than mainstream novels, or vice versa. I, myself, would still love to be published on a bigger scale, but I am perfectly content being an indie author for the time being. The third novel that I am working on now involves controversial topics that I would love to have published on a large scale due to the strong message that I would like to send. I am going to try and have it published by a larger publisher because of this fact; but I am not doing it because I think that large publishers are better by any means, so we will see how that goes. I will be posting updates on the novel later as I am not telling anyone about it yet until it is finalized.
However, I will be posting advice for those who do want to be published on a bigger scale, as I have experience talking to agents and publishers about what they look for in a novel, query letter and synopsis. If you want to go that route, then please feel free to reach out to me for advice. I would be more than happy to help you!
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12 thoughts on “Why I LOVE Indie Authors/Books”
Hey Ashley. I think it’s cool that you started writing at a young age. It means that you will be better than me when you turn 25. Lol. But all kidding aside, I too have read some amazing indie books. I do believe, however, that authors should only self-publish their books after a dozen or so rejection. Every book deserves a shot at the big leagues, don’t you think? 🙂
I do agree with you 🙂 And we must remember that just because you are indie publish doesn’t mean that you can’t ever “join the big leagues”. Books such as “Fifty Shades of Grey”, “The Martian”, and “Still Alice” started as indie books.
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I like the 50 Shades story. Started out as a web series.
Right, it wasn’t a book was it? It just started online? I never actually read the web series. Was it a lot different from the currently published books?
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Wouldn’t know. I didn’t either. I know of a couple of authors who publish their novels periodically on their websites and the full versions of their actually sell pretty good. I wonder if there isn’t anything to the whole web fiction thing.
I also think that indie publishing can help you gain valuable feedback that can help your novel mature and become closer to a novel that big publishers might want to publish.
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A beautiful post from Ashley over at Peachy Keen Book Reviews!
Hooray for Indie Authors > Hooray for all of us. We shall never give up! We shall never be defeated! Ha ha. Thanks for a great post and have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Haha, I love your enthusiasm! You made my day 🙂
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Awesome little post from Peachy Keen Book Reviews. Always great to see another person looking to support new authors rather than tear them down. #SupportIndieAuthors!
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