July 19, 2010

I Support Indie Authors


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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Button made by Eleni of La Femme Readers

66 comments:

  1. OMG Alex, this is an amazing campaign! I'm all for it!! Add Abra Ebner and Brenda Pandos on the list too :)

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  2. Haha, glad to know I'm not the only one doing the Indie thing! I'd say about 25% of my TBR is Indie now, especially LGBTQ Indie. I find the best way to do it is to just treat them like normal authors, have them do what other authors do. When I do that, pretty much every author I work with tells me they have increased sales from Amazon and such. :P Though I'm not going to use the button, mostly because I'm rather lazy and have a button of my own. xD

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  3. *nods* I support this. I've reviewed books by 2 indie authors so far, and the quality was not as high as what I'd expect from a published book, but I'm not sorry I read them. Good post, Alex.

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  4. I haven't read too many books by Indie authors, but I looked up the authors that you listed and some of them look really good! I actually ordered a few from Amazon.

    Can't wait to read them and great post!

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  5. Just wanted to stop by and say hi--I'm doing Judith Graves's Crossroads tour with you (http://bookswarm.blogspot.com).

    Love your post on Indie Authors--while there's a lot of mush out there, there are some fabu authors like the ones you listed, too! Looking forward to your posts.

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  6. Very cool idea. I'm actually doing a celebration of indie bookstores all week on my site, but I love this idea too...hmmm...maybe I can work it into a blog post this week too...

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  7. This is a great post. You make some good points and now I will give it some thought.

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  8. yay you. great post. i posted a link on my blog for ya. xo

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  9. Way to go, Alex! As one of the indie authors committed to putting out high-quality books, I applaud your campaign to educate people on the various reasons why we don't all go the traditional publishing route (and how not all of the indie books are crap). People who won't read books by indie authors are just as misinformed as people who won't read blogs and only read reviews by paid reviewers.

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  10. Thanks for the shut out, and thank you for the general support of the community.

    It's true that some indie books didn't get published for a reason, but a lot of indie books are really good books that took a different path. And it really helps when people like you give them credit.

    So thank you very much! :)

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  11. Awesome campaign! Nice to see someone supporting the little guys. It's amazing how many people won't even give a book a chance just because it's with a small publisher.

    Thanks for the support!

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  12. Absolutely great post!!=) Thank you for a list of authors!=)

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  13. Tell me where I can go to support them where I live. Because you're so cool.

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  14. Thanks for this Alex! It's incredibly hard to get noticed out there — people have so many choices these days.

    To one of the posters above, you can go to indiebound.org to find an indie bookstore near you.

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  15. Hi Alex,
    I just discovered your blog and I really liked it.
    And mainly this campaign, about reading indie authors, it's really nice.
    Too bad that I live in Brazil, so it's harder for me to get those indie books from USA. But well, it's so good that there are people supporting those authors!

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  16. Thanks so much for adding me to the list Alex! I appreciate the inspiring words on behalf of indie authors.

    Another thing I would like to point out is that if you own an e-reader, many indie authors offer the e-book versions of their work for between .99 and $2.99. They do this not because of the quality of the book, but in the hopes that readers will take a chance on them-spending under $3 for entertainment is practically unheard of these days.

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  17. Hey Alex! Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm excited that you'll soon read Book V!

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  18. I'm supporting this i think its an awesome capaign :) I'm a aspiring author and have been planning to go indie for a while now :)

    I think you should add Emma Micheals to the list, reviewed her debut novel 'The THirteenth Chime' last week it was awesome! :D

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  19. @Khadija Emma Michaels isn't indie. She publishes with Bokheim publishing. I read her book too.

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  20. yeah i was thinking about her... i ment Danae Ayusso and Ann Mauren which are two of my favorite self published authors- sorry :)

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  21. Hi Alex- It's Alexa from Witchy Books under the banner of my new blog! Anyway, the more I thought about indie prose authors, the more I started thinking about indie comics creators, and thought that you and your readers might want to hear about indie publishing in the comics field, so I made my own sort-of-campaign I Support Indie Comics. I'm going to start spreading it around the comics blogosphere soon, but I thought, as my inspiration, I should tell you first!

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  22. I like this a lot and placed the button on the sidebar of my blog. The main focus of my blog is to draw attention to the authors and publishers that I feel are producing "The Next Best Books" - and while I do read books from bigger named authors and pub houses, the bulk of what I review and promote are indies.

    Great to see others supporting them as well!

    http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.com

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  23. thanks for all you said about indie authors. i never thought of myself as one before this year, but now i've gone from calling myself a self publisher to proclaiming that i'm an indie fantasy author.

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  24. I love that you're supporting indie authors like myself! I'm a bit late to the game with this one but I thought I'd give it a go and add my name to the list. :)

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  25. What's in a name? Well, everything sometimes. Renaming "self published" authors as "Indie" authors is a good start. We are all "indies" out there in the blogosphere..indie reviewers, indie music producers, indie video producer, indie writers. The internet is really an "Indienet." Thanks for bringing this to light. :-)

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  26. Wow this is great! I just seen this now and I am up for it. I support indie authors and I love them.

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  27. I am happy to participate in this campaign and have encouraged my newsletter readers to participate, too. See the letter I am sending to them in my November issue of Sharing with Writers below!

    By the way, Leora Krygier, author of YA "When She Sleeps" turned me onto your blog! (-:

    And authors who follow this blog may subscribe to my newsletter by using the sign-up form in the upper right column of www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

    Best to you in your campaign!


    "Dear Subscribers:

    Most of you know that I have been published every which way and that I believe there is at least one right way for any specific title and that I believe some authors by reason of their beliefs or personality are better suited to some models rather than others. Maybe my lack of prejudice is what makes me a good publishing consultant. At least I hope so.

    Having said that, I do have a special place in my heart for indie authors, especially the ones who do their homework to bring the best possible product (yep! Books are products!) to their audiences. So, I am going to be displaying a special indie author pride button (or widget) in many places on my blogs, Web site and other places. I hope you will, too.

    But even if you choose not to utilize the button, I think you’ll enjoy reading about what the developer of this widget has to say about Indie publishers. Those of us who choose that route must be every bit as proud of it as the Indie video makers, the Indie movie makers, the Indie musicians. When we are, the stigma will disappear.

    Here is the link.
    http://www.electrifyingreviews.com/2010/07/i-support-indie-authors-my-new-campaign.html
    Send me your links once you’ve included the button, and I’ll list them in my newsletter.

    And thank you to longtime subscriber and author of When She Sleeps (once published traditionally, now published independently). Her proud Indie widget is at www.leorakrygier.com

    See how I’ve used the widget on my New Book Review blog (www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com). By the way, that review blog is available for you to recycle your favorite reviews, too. The guidelines are in the left column.

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  28. I am happy to participate in this campaign and have encouraged my newsletter readers to participate, too. See the letter I am sending to them in my November issue of Sharing with Writers below!

    By the way, Leora Krygier, author of YA "When She Sleeps" turned me onto your blog! (-:

    And authors who follow this blog may subscribe to my newsletter by using the sign-up form in the upper right column of www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

    Best to you in your campaign!


    "Dear Subscribers:

    Most of you know that I have been published every which way and that I believe there is at least one right way for any specific title and that I believe some authors by reason of their beliefs or personality are better suited to some models rather than others. Maybe my lack of prejudice is what makes me a good publishing consultant. At least I hope so.

    Having said that, I do have a special place in my heart for indie authors, especially the ones who do their homework to bring the best possible product (yep! Books are products!) to their audiences. So, I am going to be displaying a special indie author pride button (or widget) in many places on my blogs, Web site and other places. I hope you will, too.

    But even if you choose not to utilize the button, I think you’ll enjoy reading about what the developer of this widget has to say about Indie publishers. Those of us who choose that route must be every bit as proud of it as the Indie video makers, the Indie movie makers, the Indie musicians. When we are, the stigma will disappear.

    Here is the link.
    http://www.electrifyingreviews.com/2010/07/i-support-indie-authors-my-new-campaign.html
    Send me your links once you’ve included the button, and I’ll list them in my newsletter.

    And thank you to longtime subscriber and author of When She Sleeps (once published traditionally, now published independently). Her proud Indie widget is at www.leorakrygier.com

    See how I’ve used the widget on my New Book Review blog (www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com). By the way, that review blog is available for you to recycle your favorite reviews, too. The guidelines are in the left column.

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  29. very nice campaign! I Loved Elizabeth Isaacs's book! =D

    what about some love to Adult Indie authors??

    Like: H.P. Mallory, Zoe Winters, Kitty Thomas...

    =D

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  30. As a self-published/"indie" author myself, I was very pleased to find this blog. Originally I started writing a series of dark religious/conspiracy thrillers in 2006 with a view to beig "commercial" and getting published - but after chasing after agents and publishers, I decided to go it alone and started up Fenriswulf Books in '08.

    Why? So I could have control over what I put out.

    As an illustrator as well, I knew what kind of design and imagery I wanted for these books. I wanted to be able to produce illustrated books, for adults, that wouldn't cost a fortune, and that had been crafted with care and attention to detail.

    My own blog has the whole story, as well as info on my work and the processes involved in 'doing it yourself' - with some links and advice for other aspiring indie folks too, I hope: http://www.fenriswulf-books.co.uk

    Keep it up!

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  31. I wanted to self-publish from the time I started writing my first novel.
    Then I changed my mind for a bit once I finished the book and sent it to a few agents.
    I had requests, but I also sent to small publishers.
    I have four fulls out with them right now, but I'm actually considering withdrawing my submissions so I can go ahead and publish under my own imprint.
    But I'll probably to see what they say ... just because. *shrugs* ..more feedback is never a bad thing.

    I only really made the decision FOR SURE to do it my way within the past couple days -- it just makes too much sense not to. At least for me.
    I can have the cover I want by an amazing artist, I can control my content and prices and distribution and everything else.
    I don't want someone else making those decisions for me.

    I want what's out there with my name to be *my* thing ... not what someone else made of it.
    Thanks for this post =)
    I think I'll take the badge for my blog!

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  32. This is the best blog I've seen in a long time! Well I would say that as I'm an Indie author!


    It's hard getting your name out there, especially if you have written a YA novel. I've folloed JA Konrath's blog for a while but he writes older fiction.
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    Our time will come!

    I'm dying to say what I've written but I don't want to spam the comments! :-)
    Ceri Clark

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  33. I had never heard the term "indie author" before, but I guess that's what I am. The main reason I chose to self-publish is because I wanted control. I wanted to design my own cover and I wanted my husband to draw it. If I'd published through a publishing company, they would never have allowed that. I also wanted to decide how much the book sold for.

    I did NOT want to wait 2 years or more for a publisher to accept my novel either. I just wanted to get my novel out for the public to enjoy. I don't care about royalties and so I self-published and I get less than 50 cents for every paperback I sell. I only care about the reviews I receive and the comments I receive from readers who liked my book and want to read more from me. THAT is payment enough for me.

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  34. Thanks for the list of indie authors. I live in Canada (Vancouver) and there aren't that many small book stores and big stores don't usually carry indie books. Without lists like yours I'd never hear about good stuff.

    I'll put a link on my blog Genre Wench for you.

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  35. Love this idea and I do so I'm making that a permanent button on my blog. :)

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  36. This is a wonderful thing to do. I am stealing your button, for I truly believe in those brave writers who take their work and put all what they have behind it.

    Thanks for doing this!

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  37. Thank you so much for your support for YA authors. I chose to go indie because I was tired of waiting for the trad pub houses to fall in love with me, and because I have the know-how. So thanks so much and I'll be grabbing your button to put on my blog!

    I'd be delighted to be added to your list, if you'd like!

    My YA novel is Henrietta The Dragon Slayer! A fantasy novel.

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  38. Jenn Sommersby wrote Sleight: First book of the AVRA-K. It's amazing.

    Megg Jensen wrote Anathema.

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  39. Thanks for the great button! I do review Indie writers, though I did not know they were called that until today - I just published a review on my most recent Indie Writer's work, and made sure to add that button to the bottom of my review!

    new follower ~ http://faeroticprose.blogspot.com

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  40. Thanks for the thoughtful and insightful post and button. I grabbed the code for my blog as I am staunch supporter of Indies and small pub authors. I found you through the Small Blogs Big Giveaway blog hop and am now a new follower.
    Laurie
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

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  41. It's nice to find such support. I grabbed both your buttons for my blog. Thank you so much. I hope you will review my books someday.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

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  42. Awesome post. You ROCK!! Yeah, us indie authors need love too. Thanks for the support. I'm going to add your badge to my blog right now. :-)

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  43. This is such a great post! It's so nice to see so many people supporting indie authors. It used to be such a taboo, but it's slowly becoming more accepted, and that's wonderful. Yes, there is a lot of crap out there, but that could be said about traditional publishing, too. I think if a writer has a really great story, they have it edited well (that's one big problem with a lot of self-published books)and they put the work in with cover, trailer, promotion, etc, they can be really successful. A writer is a writer, whether you're traditionally published or indie published, and I think we should all support, respect, and encourage each other. It's definitely heartening to know that there's growing support out there, since I'm planning to indie publish next year!

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  44. This is a great idea! I've got the button up on my blog and I'll be using it for my Indie post reviews as well. Such an awesome idea!! If you haven't read any of M. Leighton's books, I would definitely recommend her books. Madly & Wolfhardt is one of my favorite books ever! Her Blood Like Poison series is great too! Keep up the awesome blog!

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  45. Great idea! As an indie author myself, I know how hard it is to get my books noticed. Keep up the good work! :D

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  46. Done! Just got a Kindle and having a great time checking out self published titles.

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  47. Thanks so much for such an awesome post! You are right! Many indie books are not so great, but many more of them are excellent! :-) Like mine!

    Early authors started out as indie authors. The pendulum is but swinging back and giving us control again over our own works! :-)

    ~Belle Whittington
    Author of Cicada

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  48. I just discovered your blog and am delighted to have found it. I am an indie author and book reviewer. Thank you for your very supportive post. I have put your button on my blog https://www.joanneclancy.blogspot.com

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  49. A beautiful post!

    I chose small press/indie because of my debut novel When Copper Suns Fall and its unique cross-genre story. I didn't choose to go indie because my book sucked or agents rejected me. A couple of them have said they'd love to see additional work from me. So going traditional may be an option with my next book.

    But with Copper Suns, I wanted to bring the many fans and readers I'd met since I started writing it six whopping years ago, the story they encouraged me to write. The novel has been given the same professional treatment (cover design, editing, multiple formats, language translation) as the big houses. We don't feel our readers deserve anything less than that.

    It's wonderful that you are taking the time to support indies and I will proudly display your button. The support for Copper Suns has been huge and warm and fills me with emotion. Follow your dreams and have the courage to watch them happen.

    yours in prose,
    KaSonndra Leigh
    www.kasonndraleigh.com
    twitter.com/kasonndraleigh

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  50. Love this whole idea. I have and continue to support indie authors. I will be one myself by summer, all being well. I'm taking this badge and have followed this blog. :) XX

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  51. I just found your blog through another reviewer's site. Thank you SO much for supporting indies. Too many reviewers refuse to even *consider* reading indie books. I can't tell you how much I appreciate those who are willing to give us a chance.

    THANK YOU for leading this campaign!

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  52. I love this! I am in indie author and I have several reasons for not even trying to break into the traditional publishing world. The biggest reason is because these days they are trying to make too many rights grabs and give the author very little in return for their work. I prefer to keep the rights to my work because it is something I have put sweat and tears into and I'm not going to sell it short. And I also prefer the control. I know exactly how I want my book to come out - cover and marketing and all. There are so many reasons authors choose to go indie and it's important to understand, I think, that in most cases, it isn't because they couldn't break into trad pubbing. It is because trad pubbing is looking less and less appealing to authors who have another choice.

    Thank you, Alex, for supporting us!

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  53. I'm right behind you Alex. I'm snatching this button too.

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  54. I have just discovered your blog and as an Indie writer, am very glad that you have taken up this cause! I also support my fellow Indie writers on my blog and would be happy to show my support!

    CarolynBrown-Books

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  55. Hi,
    I'm a new Indie author. I'm glad that you have taken up this cause. I support the Indie writers and will put your button on my blog.
    Thanks,

    Patricia

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  56. I'm snatching your button and would love to reblog your post on my blog: Books, Books, Books (http://ulleseit.wordpress.com) Is that okay? I will give you credit.

    My novel, ON a Wing and a Dare, was just published by an indie publisher. Feeling the love on this site!

    Linda Ulleseit

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  57. I love the button and really want to put it on my blog! I have read many indie authors and yes some are not very good but I have found a few that are excellent!

    Great post!

    Amy
    www.readtomyhearts.blogspot.com
    www.superreadingkids.blogspot.com

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  58. I mostly read books by indie authors.

    My blog - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com

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  59. Hi I have a question! If you are reviewing a book from an indie author, what "Publisher" will you put?

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  60. HI. I'm an Indie author and have self-published two children's books on Amazon using CreateSpace. So pleased that I've found your blog. I've copied the button and the code. On my blog I feature authors and their books. Indie and traditional. My blog is http://4writersandreaders.wordpress.com. Do you review children's books? I'm currently working on my first Y/A and have just bookmarked your site. Again, thanks. Bette A. Stevens

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  61. I'll add your button to my site :) I read loads of indie authors books :)

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  62. I just started publishing my work on this site- novelnook.com! It is 100% free and although its relatively new, I have had some success selling my books on it so far. Its a great addition to the industry and you get to keep 100% of your sales (I had a hard time believing it too).

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  63. Is an "indie" author one who is self published? How do you know if they are an indie author when you purchase a book on say for instance Amazon?

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