Thursday, December 2, 2010

Defending Indie Authors!

Hello All,

This is author HP Mallory stealing Mary’s blog for a little bit! Well, not so much stealing, I was invited, I promise! LOL

Anyway, Mary had alerted me to the fact that recently she’d been reading lots of bloggers talking about the fact that indie books (aka self published books) are not worth reading and are basically crap, yadda yadda yadda. Well, I’m here to defend my fellow indies!

I am an indie author and while I’m not going to talk about my own books, I do want to talk about the other indie authors out there that I’ve come across in my indie authoring travels. There are many gifted self published writers who continue to delight their readers with unique and refreshing stories. Sure, there are those self published authors who aren’t good writers, but have you really liked every traditionally published book you’ve ever read? I haven’t. In fact, the books I’ve actually really enjoyed I can count on one hand. And indie publishing is no different. There will be writers and stories you like and those you don’t.

Off the top of my head, I can think of quite a few indie authors who are making it and doing a darn good job making it! People like Amanda Hocking, Zoe Winters, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Tina Folsom, Susan Bischoff, Lori Brighton—all are fantastic writers and their books are just as good as their traditionally published counterparts.

Also, I can’t tell you how many readers have emailed me and said they had no idea I was an indie author until they visited my website (which mentions it). So, in many cases, we indies are competing against those traditionally published and our readers are none the wiser.

What this all boils down to is the fact that a story and an author should be judged by his or her own merit, not by whether or not he/she published his/her own book. If the story is good and the reviews prove it, why should someone’s indie status be held against them? If anything, we should look at the rise of the indie as something incredibly powerful because it allows the reader to decide what is and what is not good writing, not some agent or publisher sitting in New York.

Okay, stepping off my soap box now!



  1. Great that you defend your fellow authors, a couple of them I had no idea were indie. I even considered self-publishing myself, but I'm not ready for any kind of publishing. I think that's what happens to some authors, that they are not ready for publishing and they do so anyway, but that does not mean that all indie authors are not ready!

    Great post!

  2. I could not agree more, HP! Some of the best books I have ever read were written by Indies, and I have such a high respect for all of you. I for one will never begrudge an indie author! Kudos to all of you for sticking your necks out there and having enough faith in yourselves to try!


  3. Bravo! I've loved your work and Lori's, and I am proud to read and review indie authors. Y'all are wonderful!

  4. Thank you everyone! I appreciate the comments!!!

  5. agreed...
    we can't judge a book by it's cover...
    we can't say that author is bad just because he/she is an indie author...
    it all depends on their works...

  6. I love to see all the support for indie authors going on :) I personally love indie authors, in fact my top three favorite authors are indie. After reading what they have to offer... I can't imagine living without their well thought out and written words.

    Thank you so much for stopping by the blog H.P.! I really appreciate it...

  7. Cecile sent me over here today and I'm so glad she did...this is a GREAT POST! And I agree with you.

    A lot of authors do self publishing not because they're bad authors but because they just want people to enjoy their stories and being (OLDER) they don't have time to WAIT for the pub's to get around to noticing them.
    I have several author friends who have told me this.

    And I think the self and e author may have beat the pub printers to the future market of publishing.


  8. HP, I think bloggers all over the world should repost your post above. If I come across a blog that is bashing Indie authors, you can bet I won't be back to it. I try my hardest to support new authors, regardless if they are Indie or not. To me, it does not matter. Everyone deserves a chance. If the story is good, I will read it. Bottom line! I recently met an Indie author on FB (had no clue by the way). I ordered her book from her b/c I liked the cover and the title (clueless as to what the book was about). I loved the book so much! I offered a little feedback on the book and posted reviews on it. I am also telling everyone I know about it b/c it was a great story. That is where everyone is losing focus. Stop nit picking at any errors you find, just appreciate the story! Ok, my rant is now over too, for now. This post really got me fired up and I had to say THANK YOU for posting it. Now you need to vist other blogs and do the same thing! Thanks!

  9. As a fellow Indie author I want to give you a big THANK YOU for this post! It's hard enough being an indie author without having people who haven't read your work bash on you, just cause you don't have a major publisher out there squashing you down.

  10. Hey H.P., thanks so much for the shout out!

    Also, I love seeing all the indie love in the comments. Many of us spent so much time on publishing industry blogs with the attitude so nasty toward indies, that it's easy to forget "readers really do NOT care". If a book is good, that's all they care about.

    It's lovely to see so many even going out of their way to support indies. We had this shift happen in music and movies. Now it's our turn!

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