on the whole, I don't agree though.
of course there is a lot of stuff published by indie writers that should never have seen the light of day-- you can also say that about some traditionally published books. I do accept the argument that at least with trad published books the work has gone through at least some quality control, which you can't always say about indie books.
All I can really say from a very personal point of view is that I've read a number of indie books which have been excellent. It is easy to sneer at Nick Spalding's 'Life With No Breaks' but, with most of his books having high ratings and a 3 book publishing deal with a major publisher under his belt, he's obviously doing something right. It may not be what you'd regard as literature, but if people want to read it, who are we to say they shouldn't be able to? just because they read something a bit low-brow doesn't mean that is all they read. I've not read the other two books you mention but I'm a big fan of Spalding's work-- it isn't to everyones taste but that doesn't mean it is bad.
I do agree with Stella's post that some indie authors who spam these forums with poorly written rubbish make it harder for other indie authors who do take pride in producing the best product they can and I can understand why posters who often just want recommendations from fellow readers get fed up with them. to be clear, my comments about spamming are not aimed at authors who post in 'meet our authors' which is, after all, an area for them to self-promote. I'm talking about those authors who break amazon's rules to spam in other forums.
I think Susan Hill's comments are pretty pompous to be honest but it is an interesting discussion.
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