independent author

Writing is a Bad Habit: Reviewing and Sharing Are Bad Habits! a.k.a. The Title is Sarcastic!

A quick bit of an article before I dig into Chapter 21 of The Twelfth Labor but I think this is an important topic to not only talk about, but continually reiterate!  Let’s talk about one of the most important forms of support an independent author can receive: word-of-mouth support.

Look, the fact of the matter is that there are tens of thousands of indie books out there.  The e-book market especially is flooded with them.  The saying goes that ‘everyone has a story in them’ and, now, everyone can get that story published and internationally distributed!  Every indie book, good or bad, classic-to-be-discovered or affront to literature, is lost in that sea and who’s to say if any will ever be discovered.

That’s where the readers have to step in.  If you read indie books and find one you truly enjoy, it really should be your duty as a responsible reader to rate it, review it, and share it with others who may be interested in it.  Many people still attach a prejudice to the very idea of indie books, instantly connecting them to a lower quality than ‘professionally published books’.  That critical ‘word-of-mouth’ endorsement can break through that prejudice.  While someone may hold that bias, they will almost always listen to their friends’ opinions over it.  Once their foot is in the door, the book itself will then carry the day.

The truth is that all the social media wizardry in the world (though not pointless, it has a place in this grassroots network) won’t get you that many readers without something to hold up to show them that there is a reason to take a chance, to leave that indie bias behind.

It comes down to this:

  1. If you read indie books, rate them.  Review them, even if it’s a simple paragraph.  Share them.
  2. If you are an indie author, encourage your readers to do number 1 above.  Don’t just tell them to rate YOUR book.  Try to encourage them to break the trend of inactivity for everything they read.
  3. If you already do all of the above, well, kick back, crack open a cold drink, and enjoy the boons of responsible action!

Good luck and good writing … and good reading!

Indomitable 2nd edition is done!

You can get it now on Smashwords for FREE!  It will also be live on within a day or two and then spread out from there through the Smashwords Premium distribution to a vast array of e-book vendors.

Felipe de Barros is now at work on the cover to the second edition of The Opening Bell, so that should be published near week’s end.  Stay tuned!

The sneak preview: Does it hurt or help?

A little exposition is in order.  I wrote and developed my first two novels chapter by chapter, posting them on my deviantArt page to gauge the opinion of the community there.  At the time, while serious as to writing professionally, I was unsure if I really had something people would like, so it seemed as good a way to any to look.  Despite being entirely original works with no basis in any particular fandom (a popular thing on dA), I acquired a fair number of regular readers and even some amount of community goodwill.  I obviously had something worthwhile, so I finished, edited (something I have learned that I need even more help with), and published.


So here are is the question:  Did having the rough manuscript, chapter by chapter, already out in the public hurt me?  How many people were content to simply copy and paste it into a book?  How much, if any, of my subsequent books should I post for free?


Instinct makes me think I should at least post the first couple of chapters as teaser material.  Whet the appetite of the public and all of that.  Even that, though, I remain unsure on.


If you’re a writer and you read this, hell even if you aren’t, what do you think?