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Rant: Indies Don't Respect Words (apparently).

This makes me sad. As an indie author myself you could argue that I’m biased, but as a reader I’ve got to say that I’ve read some fantastic indie novels as well as some terrible traditionally published books. The way we choose to publish doesn’t always have everything to do with it. Not all of us had no choice because we’ve been rejected a hundred times and felt this was the only way. Some of us, myself included, like the control and freedom being self-published brings.

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  1. Completely agree with you. I think there’s good and bad to be found however a book’s published.

    • Exactly. Thinking that all indie authors have no idea what they’re doing is not only arrogant and ignorant, but it also denies the chance to find some truly wonderful books! I’ve read some fantastic indie books last year, and am looking forward to plenty more this year.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. Apart from totally agreeing with Holly, I also completely hear you about having so much more control as a self-published author. It’s exactly why I went the indie route.

    • My pleasure, Daley! I don’t often reblog posts here, but I can happily make an exception if the post I’m sharing is as important as Holly’s.

      • I feel it’s very important. This is something I feel we need to be discussing more – not just indie authors, but book bloggers, too!

  3. I read a rebuttal article to the original and skimmed over that original one. I understand freedom of speech and all, but I just don’t get why that author had to go and get all high and mighty. Like you said, I’ve read good and ‘bad’ books done both indie and traditional. Just because some big name isn’t listed as publisher, doesn’t mean the Indie Author didn’t put the same amount of time, blood, sweat, and tears into creating their work. People on high horses fall hard. Happy new year.

    • Last year was the first year I read indie books, and with two of those I was amazed to see that they weren’t traditionally published, especially because one of those had been turned down by several agents. Of course not every indie book is going to be amazing, but the same is true for traditionally published books. Having an agent doesn’t guarantee a fantastic book. There’ll still be people who won’t enjoy it, no matter how big your publishing house is.
      “People on high horses fall hard.” Well said, Meka!
      Happy New Year to you, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. There are good books and bad books to be found in both indie and traditional publishing. It’s not exclusive to just one or the other. At least, that’s how I see it. I think it’s a darn shame that some traditionally published authors look down on indies.

    Like you said, “Some of us, myself included, like the control and freedom being self-published brings.” That freedom also allows us to interact with our readers, and it’s much more fun that way.

    • I completely agree with you. If more traditionally published authors decided to help new indies instead of looking down on them and cursing their chosen route, perhaps they’d have less to complain about. I’m not saying that every traditionally published writer should do this, but maybe the ones who feel the most hatred towards us indies should give it a shot. It could help channel their anger in a more productive way. But then again some people will beat down others no matter what they do, so chances are it wouldn’t make a difference to those who complain.

      I love the point you made about interacting with our readers, because that’s such an important aspect to me! I adore it when I tweet/Instagram/write a review about one of my new favourite books, and the author responds! That’s a sure way on to my insta-buy list!

  5. When I first read Holly’s post, I could hardly believe it! We’re lucky to be part of a great community that supports each other. <3
    And there are wonderful indie books out there! So many great storytellers who deserve to be read.
    I mean, look at Beverley Lee's The Making of Gabriel Davenport! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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