I started my little Indie adventure a couple of years ago and was interested when Tamara was recruiting for a blog tour about why Indie authors rock. I feel I can answer that! So here’s my take and be sure to visit all the bloggers participating because Indies Rock!
Direct contact with the authors. If you’re a book blogger, it’s easy to get books to read. What I’ve found the most satisfying is being able to read a book, like it, and talk to the author about it. That personal contact is awesome and makes me want to work that much harder for an author that I know and really appreciate their work.
Indie is just as good, if not better than traditionally published. I stand by this statement because I’ve read close to 200 Indie books since I’ve been doing this. Here are some of my favorite books that I’ve given 4-5 stars to 2011 - http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4370151-coral?format=html&shelf=indies-good-read-2011 and 2012 so far - http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4370151-coral?format=html&shelf=indies-good-read-2012 These lists (you can check my link up at the top left for my book reviews) don’t reflect all the books because some Indie authors don’t use Goodreads (and you should, I love Goodreads).
Indie authors that rock. All of the ones listed are good writers that goes without saying. I’ve picked them because they go above and beyond for me and Indies in general.
David Brown (author of Fezariu’s Epiphany, A World Apart, Dark is the Day Dead is the Night, Hawkswood, Man vs Cat, the upcoming Ansel’s Remorse) – he goes out of his way to support writers, blog about books/movies/games, interact on a daily basis with others offering support, and works his tuckus off when doing a blog tour.
JC Andrijeski (author of the Allie’s War series, The Slave Girl Chronicles series, and one of my daughter’s favorites Maya Papaya) – I’m impressed because this woman about the same age as me took off for India to follow her dream of becoming a professional writer. She’s interesting, dedicated, and writes a great blog about her journey.
SM Johnson (author of DeVante series, Dungeon series) – she was willing to take a fledgling writer under her wing and rip it’s feathers out one by one to show what good writing looks, feels, smells, and tastes like. I will be eternally grateful to her for sharing her thoughts and writing.
Scott Kelly (author of Frightening Boy, Ten Minutes to Midnight, Blue, [sic]) – I read his books back when I first started on Bookrix and with much poking and prodding he finally has [sic] up on Amazon. Fantastic writer that you really have to follow if you like smart reads. He’s also very generous with his time helping new writers, judging contests, and offering support.
Terri Giuliano Long (author of In Leah’s Wake) – this author has been one of the nicest to work with and she truly appreciates book bloggers and calls us the ‘fairy godmothers/godfathers’ of the Indie movement.
Rachel Thompson (author of A Walk in the Snark, Mancode: Exposed) – she is always there to offer support and advice to Indie authors and everything she shares is great advice. Also one of the nicest people you’d want to work with.
and last but not least Chryse Wymer (author of This Dark Magic and the upcoming Living with Murder) – She’s the bestest because she’s the first author that reached out and became my friend when this brave, new Indie world opened up. She’s talented, smart, supportive and has made me wait far too long to read her next book!
Tamara made a great video that I think says it all.