No, this post isn’t about minority Indie authors. Or, black peeps versus white peeps. It’s all about some of the snobbery I’ve been reading out there on other’s blogs toward the Indie peeps (I won’t mention YOUR names…maybe one BIG ONE). Not to mention, some of the snide remarks I’ve heard in writing seminars about ‘em like ‘the Indie authors will die’ and ‘it’s a fad’. ***My finger is wagging at you guys****
The biggest misconception out there is that all Indies are crap writers.
Tell that to Stephanie Meyers and Amanda Hockings. These two began their publishing journey as Indies who were picked up later by an agent or publisher.
Well…just to let you know, it took me one hundred pages to get me hooked into Twilight. The writing was terribly poor. Sentence structure issues. Bad word habits. Lots of telling. Little showing. To be honest, it was torture. But because I was stuck on an airplane for three hours that’s how I managed to get through Stephanie’s word-desert and fell in love with her story-telling. I actually read the whole series, reading each book in seven days.
As for Amanda Hockings, I’ve only read reviews and they’re not real sparkly ones either but there are a lot of somebodies out there that love her.
One of the goals I made for 2011 was to read and review only Indies. That’s what I’ve been doing so far folks.
To be honest, I’ve come across one crap Indie author so far. Several months back I posted a sad, sad book review. I was sorely disappointed in her book. You should be able to find it somewhere on my side bar. I believe it’s labeled ‘Crash and Burn’.
But for someone to post that they will refuse to read and review an Indie is awful. Really guys? There are diamonds out there. Why are you guys letting a few bad apples who don’t follow editing protocol spoil it for those who do?
This blogger made my heart vomit when I learned she/he refuses to read and review Indies: All Things Urban Fantasy. Yup. You can read what they’ll actually review and it ain’t Indie stuff.
But I do know this gal will over at Karleen Tauszik. Every week she checks the Indie’s best seller’s list for a top seller. Reads their book, does a review, and follows with an interview of that particular author.
One more thing before I end this rant. There are famous authors out there who crash and burn in some of the novels they’ve spit out. When I read those books, I think WTF? I could’ve written crap like that, too. The only problem is they’re famous, I’m not. Whatever. Crap can still be written by the famous as well. It’s not like they’re the GOD/GODDESS of novel writing because they’re not. I could give a list of famous books and authors that make my eyes glaze over and torture the poo out of me but I’ll save it for another time.
So now that I’ve written my mind and how I feel about snobbery, how do the rest of you feel about all this blah-blah toward the Indie authors?
Later in the ink all,