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Indie Author Bias

I am Patricia and I am an indie author.

 

I have a book coming out in the next month or so. it’s about 300 pages. I’ve cried over this book. I’ve spent time away from my family. I’ve lost sleep. I’ve lost time for triathlon training. I’ve stayed up well past midnight on multiple occasions. I’ve spent about $1700 on editing (some recouped through IndieGoGo, but still…). I’ve edited again. I’ve proofread. I’ve outlined.

 

In short, I’ve poured ALL THAT I AM into this book.

 

Someone on my Writing list tonight said that they felt about indie authors the way they felt about (something else semi-derogatory). They had enough manuscripts from those who professed to be indie authors. The implication was clear. Despite professing to be for all authors, they are not quite for indies.

 

I get it, in part. I’ve read some books by indie authors that were poorly edited. One book had great bones. It was a good story. But at one part of the book there was a paragraph that stopped right in the middle of the thought. There were some other issues as well. Wrong words – like their instead of there. Sister’s instead of sisters’. A wide variety of issues. Still, I really enjoyed the book.

 

But I’ve also read books by traditional publishers that were total and complete crap. I’ve read books by traditional publishers that were boring, that were slow, that were written in such a way that I had absolutely no interest in reading past the first fifteen pages. I’ve read books by traditional publishers that had plot holes, grammatical errors, spelling erros. Sure, the instance of those by traditionally published authors are less. But they aren’t non-existent.

 

And I’ve read books by indie authors that were amazing. Completely mind-blowing.

 

It makes me sad that so many in the publishing and writing industries dismiss indie authors.

 

I’m not saying my book is great. Of course, I think it’s decent. I’ve had it professionally edited. I’ve sent it to beta readers. I’ve edited it, read it, edited it, and read it again. I think it’s a good story with good characters. But it saddens me that something I’ve spent a significant portion of the past six months on could be discounted simply because I chose not to spend the time and energy on submitting it to an agent.

 

Give indie authors a chance.

1 Comment

  • Kristin Thomas Posted May 13, 2013 12:46 am

    What’s really frustrating to me about this is that even if you spent a gazillion hours and tons of postage submitting to agents, the chances are very low that your book would ever see the light of day. My sister-in-law writes amazing children’s books. She has done everything you are supposed to do, she networks, she submits to agents, she goes to a ton of writer’s retreats, belongs to all the right communities, etc, but the reality is, unless she proves she already has a following in social media, they simply won’t take a second look at her work. Are indie authors supposed to just let their work die because the system only takes a tiny fraction of work and publishes it? I think you are brave getting your work out there.

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