Friday, November 23, 2012

Self-published authors - Upward bound

Greetings, all!

Hope you're all fully recovered from turkey and Black Friday shopping. All I bought today was an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen, because I was kind of stressed out and needed a quick fix. That usually does the trick! Oh, and I just got two emails one saying I won a paperback from blog giveaway I entered last week and the other was a reviewer saying she will accept my book! Woohoo. That helps too.

So, today, I want to blab about us, self-published authors. We are a group of talented people who are slowly, but definitely, building more of a spotlight on ourselves, showing the world just how awesome we really are. I havea couple points I want to make, and I'm speaking for myself here, so I'd love to hear from you too.

Book reviews

I get so angry when people from the general populace leave negative reviews because of the following:

- My book took so long to come in the mail.
- The price is way too high.
- I didn't get the historical (or whatever the topic was) references, and I was lost.
- I only read the first few pages and hated it.

These things are not good reasons to bash a book. Snail mail is called that for a reason. Most people waste tons of money on stuff they don't need at Wal-Mart but complain when an e-book is more than $.99. If you don't get the topic, then put it down, or else prepare yourself to learn what the author is writing about and grasp an understanding. It's called logic. It's like saying you hated a Spanish film because you watched it without subtitles and understood nada. I think it's only fair to give a book at least 2 to 3 chapters before tossing it out the window. I felt that way when I read The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, but unless it's so unbearably awful that it makes me want to throw myself out of the window instead of the book, I will read until the bitter end.

I always try to give concise and honest reviews. Then again, I'm also a book editor, so I see a rainbow of things others may not. I know that a solid review (good or bad) is very helpful to an author when it's written tastefully. 

Continue supporting each other

I am not the wealthiest person. Well, hell, the distance between me and wealthy is comparable to Earth and Pluto. Lightyears, baby. (And Pluto will always be a planet to me!) But I dedicate up to $5 a month to supporting fellow indie authors. Most of us offer our books for $.99 to $2.99 or FREE. I admit I am one of those people who spend unneccessary money every now and then on stupid stuff that just makes me laugh like Porky Pooper over there. That was $3.99 at Walgreens. It's now on my desk at work. But somebody made that, and I supported them, ha!

I read tons of reviews written by book bloggers and authors I bump into on the net and in forums. If a synopsis really pushes my intrigue button, I will buy it. And I feel damn good knowing I just increased someone's book sales, because I personally know what a great feeling that is. (Although, not lately. *sigh*)

I also encourage other avid readers I know to give indie books a chance! That's why I decided to blog about them too, because it's my tiny means of supporting and spreading the word about these amazing pieces of work.

When I stumbled upon the world of book bloggers (back in February of this year), it was like I had discovered a new realm, kind of like Narnia without the evil! I walked through the wardrobe, lol. I was instantly impressed at the amount of support for indie authors. I also found sites dedicated to helping increase blog followers, fb likes, etc. Prior to that discovery, I had no idea how I would ever spread the word about my novella or my blog. Well, now I know.

And, with that, I sign off. Thanks for reading!



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