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Indie authors getting a voice...
on 12 June 2014
Debbie Young, Dan Holloway and Orna Ross have got together to compile an essential guide to the rise of ‘Indie’ authors.
Anyone who was at this year’s Crimefest convention will tell you that Indie authors are finally on their way to being accepted like their counterparts in the music, film and tv industry. It's only really since the inception of direct publishing that they have been given a proper voice. Before then anyone who dared to put a book before the public, without it having journeyed along the traditional route, was tarnished with the old ‘vanity press’ label... but how things have changed!
The last five years has seen this largely eroded. Authors can now publish directly via the likes of Amazon etc and what this book does is offer advice and assistance on how to go about things in a professional manner.
Readers now swap effortlessly from directly published to traditionally published works, and do so with confidence largely due to the rise of reviews and chatter on the internet. This, coupled with the fact that sample chapters are now widely available, has broken down the old barriers which were in place.
Change is happening at a break-neck speed, and what ‘Opening Up To Indie Authors’ does is encourage the industry to keep pace. There are quite a few guides available now on the actual process of publishing your novel, but this takes a look at the other side of the coin.
How do you go about getting your book in your local library or bookstore? How do you get reviews in magazines and papers? How do you get to be included in literary events or become eligible for literary prizes? This guide addresses those issues and will help you open doors.
It’s aimed at writers, readers, publishers, agents, consultants, award bodies, book fairs, conventions, conferences, libraries, literary festivals and event organisers, retailers, reviewers and just about anyone who has an interest in all things bookish.
This is really all about equality of opportunity. If a book is of poor quality it will soon get found out and readers will dwindle. A really good read though remains a really good read, whatever its route to publication. This book shouts from the rooftops that the route itself should never be a barrier to success.