Below are books I have currently purchased from fellow WordPress Warriors to support indie authors. I still have money left to buy more! Read the original posting below, and be sure to toss me a comment if you have a book for me to snag.
Today (July 1st) is Indie Pride Day. What does that mean? It means all those indie authors out there will be doing their best to hashtag and promote themselves to victory. I wish you all the best of luck. I am a big fan of independently published authors and read books based on their merit, not the power of their publisher.
If you didn’t know this was happening, and you are self published, you should start dropping hashtags with your work like it’s the cool thing to do (#IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen).
So here’s what I’m going to do.
First, I’m going to toss a literary bone to a good friend of mine M.L.S. Weech. Weech is a fellow member of the Brown Pipe Gang (a writer’s group) and indie author. He wrote a great post about his experience self publishing and it’s worth sharing. You can find it here. You can also check out his book The Journals of Bob Drifter. You message him and he will probably sign a copy for you and sprinkle magic pixie dust on it for you too. You can also check out his book here on GoodReads and see if it is something you would enjoy – I know I did.
Secondly, I’ve set aside 50 dollars (I know, big spender) and will purchase a copy of your digitally self published book if you leave a link to it in the comments box with a brief description for visitors to read.
Promote yourself. Tell us about your book. I can’t promise I will read it right this second, but I will read it eventually (and/or my wife will) and leave you a honest review. The rub is I have only set aside 50 bucks, so it’s a first come first serve kind of deal. Regardless of whether or not you make the cut – you can at least have another way to shamelessly promote yourself.
The point is this – as budding authors breaking into the field, and readers who enjoy the medium, we should be helping each other out. It’s staggering to see how many readers out there won’t even give an indie author a chance. One hand washes the other. Even if you don’t have a big budget, take some time and find an indie author (many of their eBooks are free and many more just cost a couple dollars) and give them a try.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow we will start hammering away on writing tips again and get back into the old grind. Until then, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!