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Discussion: Indie/Self-Published Reads

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I'm a book snob. :( And for once, I'm not talking about my aversion to Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. In general, I avoid indie/self-published books. There are lots of stereotypes surrounding them, including poor writing and copious amounts of typos; and yeah, these stereotypes come from somewhere and a lot of self-published books have these issues.

But I've found that, maybe because my expectations are low and/or I'm not reading them with reviews in mind, self-published ebooks have been nice easy, zero-pressure reads for me over the past month. I pick up free ebook novels and short stories for my Nook here and there. Some of them have been gems. I mentioned Sora's Quest, which was really enjoyable, a couple weeks back. I just finished a short story collection (Through a Tangled Wood) with a fairy tale feel that was a mix of really good, really bad and mediocre writing.

I'm not ready to commit to being a full-time indie novel canary or anything, but I am kind of looking forward to trying some of the other freebies on my Nook in between review and library reads. My expectations are low. I don't even expect them to be 50/50 good and bad, but the complete lack of pressure is a great relief valve. Not to worry, I'll still put up my thoughts on Goodreads, and probably a full review on the blog if I liked a book. :)

What about you guys? Do you read a lot/little/no self-published books? Do you take advantage of all the free stuff swamping Amazon's Kindle books? Care to play canary and share the names of some good quality indie authors with us? (I know Anya has already recommended Tammy Blackwell.) Thoughts?

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  1. I do accept self-published books, but I'm considering no longer doing that except for a few select authors that I already know are good. There are some gems to be found in self-publishing, but you do have to slog through a lot of baddies to get to them, and it's slowly becoming not worth it for me. I actually think the whole rejection-letter process is super important for authors to go through. It helps them develop a tough skin and learn how to deal with someone not liking their book for whatever reason.

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    1. That's the general sentiment I heard from others who stopped accepting self-published books for review- a few gems, but a lot of crud. Haha, that's definitely one way to look at rejection letters, and it would make the term "query hell" make sense. ;)

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  2. I try them every so often, and enjoy them regularly. And I am not fair about it, I need to see some positive buzz first for the most part to consider it because it is too easy to get suckered in by a bad book. But the best of the indie world is just as good the published stuff.

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    1. Sounds a good plan to me! I'll try the free stuff when I'm in the right mood, but as part of my regular reading, I'd probably need some positive buzz first to point me toward the good ones. :)

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  3. When i first got my kindle I downloaded a lot of free stuff and then never read it. I did read a handful of indie books when i first started blogging but I don't read it now because I just don't like to wade through the garbage to find the gems.

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    1. Completely understandable! I'm definitely impressed by the people who can and will continuously wade through the garbage for the gems. :)

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  4. Haha, does this have anything to do with that article about how book bloggers are doing it wrong by not reading more indie? I started off reading a lot of indie since I was happy to accept review requests and get freebies off of Amazon, but then I realized how hit or miss it was and got scared off. I don't want to put pressure on, but I do appreciate it when you go over which were good ;-)

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    1. There's an article? I don't think I've seen it. It's more that I had nothing to rant about this week, so I picked the first thing that came to mind while typing up the Fan Art post. ;)

      No, the pressure! It burns! Haha, but yeah, while they won't be making up a large chunk of my reading material, a short vacation from review reads every now and then sounds good. And of course I will happily share my thoughts on the good ones. :)

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  5. I read self published every so often through Amazon. They are so hit and miss though that I am definitely not going to go all indie/s.p. There isn't enough reading time in the world :(

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    1. Very nicely put! Good for reading every so often, but they are hit and miss. :)

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  6. For a while I was trying free books on Amazon and they were just horrible. Since I've started reviewing I've gotten some really good self published books, but I'll admit I do always start them with apprehension and low expectations.

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    1. Low expectations can be a good thing, right? Less disappointment when it turns it bad. :)

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