I plan to be a very busy writer this summer, but I’ll still make time for reading, of course! For a couple of reasons I’m making it an Indie Summer: My iPad is proving a comfortable, convenient way to read for me; and I’m really excited about what I’m seeing in the indie publishing movement. That’s beside the purely self-motivated reason — I’m getting great reads for anywhere between $1 and $5! Talk about a guiltless pleasure.
I wish I could read three a week, there’s so much cool stuff out there! I’m loving the diverse selection of indie fiction, and I’m having lots of fun finding new authors to read.
People worry about not being able to find good indie work, but I’m not having that problem. I’m finding plenty of ways to filter through what’s out there to find what interests me: Goodreads, following author blogs, and following authors and book reviewers on Twitter. It’s no more hit-and-miss than perusing the shelves at the bookstore.
Goodreads is especially nice, because you can look at a friend’s bookshelf and see what you have in common. That’s something I always had trouble gauging in the past. Would I really like this particular friend’s suggestion?
Smashwords gives another great option: Try before you buy. Offering a free sample can give readers confidence in their purchase.
I don’t know about you, but with ebooks, suddenly I’m reading about three books at a time. Here indie has another advantage over traditionally published books; stories come in a variety of lengths, which I can more easily fit into my life.
This post is threatening to end up way too long, so I’ll get to my point. I plan to buy and read at least two new indie authors a month (that’s in addition to reading the backlists of those who’ve already hooked me). My other commitment to indies is to review any indie work I read. Reviews are so important, because they help other readers make a decision about whether to buy a book.
You can keep up with my progress reading through my Indie Authors book shelf on Goodreads.