It's time I spoke out about a cause I am very passionate about. Indie authors. These guys have to work very hard to get their books in the hands of readers, not only because they don't have they money of the big publishing houses, but because they don't have the voice of the big publishing houses. They have to do all the hard work themselves, because they don't get any help.
Now you may be thinking, "Well if their book isn't good enough to be published by (Insert Publishing House Here), then it probably sucks." To that I would say that you are definitely right in some cases (like this one), but there are several reasons an author may not go to the publishing industry to get their book printed.
Some authors want control. When you sign a contract to the publishing house, you lose most control. You don't get to make some of the big choices that indie authors do when they print their books. Indie authors get to decide their cover, who gets the books, where the books will be, and tons of other things that the publishing houses control for most authors.
In some cases, indie authors just don't like the publishing industry. They don't like how the publishing industry works and they just don't want to be part of it. And I completely understand that, the publishing world is a dog eat dog one.
In some cases, authors know that their books will be denied by publishing houses, not because it is a bad book, but because it isn't a "hot trend" at that particular point or because their book deals with things that our conservative little minds aren't ready to deal with.
Now don't get me wrong, I love publishing companies and their books, but I just think that indie authors need support too. If I ever decide it is the time for me to publish what I write, I will want it to be by a publishing house. I don't ever want to be an indie author, but mainly because I am already involved in the publishing world and am not worried about what a publishing company is going to do if I contract with them. But I am looking way too far ahead.
The main priority right now is to get those indie authors some love. So I am here to do just that. If you review a book by an indie author, put the HTML of the following button at the end of your review, that way people will know that you, along with some other awesome bloggers support indie authors.
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