Indies on PJV: Why Choose Indie?
I think over the short course of my presence here on PJV I have shown that I am a huge indie author supporter. So this is my post to explain why I choose indie.
I do read traditionally published books. I read a lot of them, but honestly, Indies are more in my budget. As a single mother on a limited income I can’t afford to spend 9.99 and up on every book I read. Mainly because I read so much. Patti recently talked about book budgeting. I am extremely horrible at doing this. If I had to guess I would say I spend at least $30 a month on books. But the volume of books I get for that is double what I would get if I bought print books off the shelf.
I’m also a freebie collector. People are shocked when they hear the number of books on my kindle/cloud. All told I have right around 800 books between the two of them. I would say that at least 600 of them are indie. If I had to guess I would say that maybe 1/4 of them were freebies. I’m not a fool. I know I will never get to all of those books. I have a problem. I know it, you know it. Book addiction is real. It’s not something I even want to quit.
I’ve been extremely fortunate in the indies that I have read.
My first indie author was the amazing Tamara Rose Blodgett. Her books are unique, fun and interesting.
My third indie author was Rhiannon Frater. I discovered her through her series AtWD which is published through Tor, but I quickly moved on to her self published stuff. The Tale of the Vampire Bride is on of my all time favorite books. I love everything she puts out.
Alexia Purdy continues to blow me away. I could literally keep listing the authors that put out quality product on their own time after time.
Annie Walls is a new-ish indie author who strives to put out the best possible product she can.
Amanda Hocking’s indie titles are just as amazing as the ones she has put out with a major publisher.
Yes, I have read some doozies. But I’ve read some real doozies from traditional publishers as well.
I think once you find those gems in the indie bunch that you are likely to keep trying. This is reviews come in handy. I like to joke that I don’t read reviews. The truth of the matter is that I don’t read a lot of reviews. Which is amazing because that is what I choose to do with my time, review books. I try read at least one good review and one bad review before purchasing a book. Any more than that and I feel like other people’s opinions will start to taint my reading and review of the book.
So this is why I choose indie. They offer a product that I enjoy at an affordable price. Do you have a reason why you prefer one publishing method over the other? What are some of your indie gems?