Indie. Traditional. Hybrid. Love them all?
Way back when, my nook suggested Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. When I finished the book, I was in love and wanted to see if there was any place to talk about it. I didn’t know about Goodreads, I just typed YA books into Facebook and stumbled upon a few blogs and Facebook pages. I had no idea what an Indie author was. I would suppose that many other readers are similar. I found other good books that a few websites, like First Class Books suggested and eventually got a Goodreads account.
Now armed with the knowledge of Indie being self published authors, I started to dive a little deeper and eventually met my fabulous blogging partner. Why do we blog? To support both traditionally published and independent authors. To be honest, as far as we see it, an author is an author. Some traditionally published books are amazing and some not so great, same with self published.
One thing that I have found is with self published authors, and sometimes traditionally published, is the experience feels personal. Take Belle Aurora’s Raw – that book is amazing! Within a day of it being published, groups were formed all over to discuss it. And you know that you can log on and ask Belle a question and somehow find out a bit more. The entire reading experience has changed and I think that we owe the Indie author some gratitude for it. It has made reading, which has been a very personal hobby, into a social frenzy.
I love when I feel that Indie authors/traditionally published and hybrid authors are down to earth and that they love their readers.
I think that the self published world has changed the industry. It has allowed for readers like myself, a self proclaimed book slore, the opportunity to read as much as I do. Price point is important. If every e-book I buy was priced in the 7.00 or 8.00 range I am certain my addiction would not be taken as easily by my family as it it. The world of self published books and the e-reader has made it so that the everyday person can read more and enjoy more stories in a more convenient way.
My point is, is one better than the other? No, I don’t think so. There are gems hidden everywhere you look. It’s up to us as the reader to find them, read the hell out of them and spread the word. Social media is a huge part of how reading has changed and as a blogger I am fortunate to be involved. We love books and we love that we are able to share, and isn’t that what the whole arts experience is in general- seeing or reading something another persons creativity has put out there? So read on! Read what you love! Talk about it. Spread the word if you love it. If you get that OMG this is amazing feeling, does it really matter what type of author writes it? How about, this author is amazing!