As I see it, Indie authors are just like any other group with common goals – they tend to congregate together and support each other because they are people who share many of the same aspirations. They can empathize with each other, because they understand the common struggle. And you’ve got to admit, the collective voice of a huge group of people gets more attention than each of their individual voices. This is what I see as supporting others in a similar circumstance – you’re walking the same path, and know how the bumps in the road are sometimes very hard to navigate, so you want to help those traveling the same road have an easier journey.
However….I don’t think this is the same as giving praise for a job well done, and making recommendations regarding the author’s work. No one should do that unless they truly enjoyed the read, and truly feel that the writing is worthy of recommendation. I wholeheartedly agree. But on the flip-side, I don’t think people should discount an Indie author’s work just because they’re an Indie author (and this sad discrimination happens all the time) – they should actually read the work and then critique it, just like they would for a traditionally-published author.
Just to give an example to prove that many, many Indie authors take pride in their work, there was an article on a book review site recently which gave a very lacerating review of the work of a prolific Indie author, and there were a number of comments by other Indies who were appreciative of the negative review, and were glad that someone was finally distinguishing that particular author from the Indies who were truly serious about their work.
But I think it’s not just the Indie author community that our observations relate to – it’s really any community of people with the same occupations, hobbies, or goals. Look at the traditionally-published author community. I would bet that most authors would give support to other authors. But recommending their work might be something totally different. As a matter of fact, I read a quote by one very famous, successful author which slammed another famous, successful author because he thought her writing skills were sub-standard.
And the commentator mentioned a cover “cover-up” (in which other self-pub authors were praising a horrendous cover) brings to mind the same thing happening to me, but for a new book being published by a major publisher for an author represented by a very well known literary agent. The agent was publicizing the cover of the book, and commented on how awesome it was. His comments were then echoed by about 200 people in the forum on his blog. I HONESTLY THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE!!! I thought my eight-year-old kid could have drawn a better cover, and I seriously hoped she hadn’t shelled out too much cash for it (actually, I couldn’t believe she had shelled out any cash for it). But after a little more research, I realized……it was no joke! They were VERY serious. So go figure!
So, I don’t think we’re all covering up for each other just to sell books. I’m an Indie author and I’m not going to recommend a work that should only be called a book because it’s typed on paper with a binding. But I might kindly suggest some workshops that you might find helpful. )
Well, yes. You would be correct if you guessed that the interesting author will be me.
And I know some of you get to chat with me a lot in person. HOWEVER, this is a special blog chat, promoted by the bookstore IndiePendentBooks.com, and its dedicated owner Josie Kramer.
So if you have questions about Is Harvey Dunne? but were just too afraid to ask, you can now question me with anonymity through the live chat. Cool, huh?
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Hi Everyone – well, I told you a few days ago that I got a great review from TheBookJournal. Well, I then found out that the reviewer also nominated me for two awards on an Italian LGBT book review website.
So Harvey needs your help!
There are two categories: Best New Author and Best Contemporary Gay Fiction. I’ve posted the links below. If you enjoyed Is Harvey Dunne?, would you consider casting a vote for me? You can cast a vote in each category. The site is a little different – to vote, you must scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, then in the “comment” section, state that you would like to vote for Is Harvey Dunne? You can vote by clicking on the Anonymous button, but you must list your name (at least first name and initial of last name). The moderator of the site checks all of the IP addresses to make sure the same person isn’t voting twice in the same category.
Kind of a lot to go through, but I’d sure appreciate it! It’s very exciting!
Thanks everyone for your help!
Yes, our Harvey Dunne has gotten an unbiased book review from TheBookJournal.com (Honest.Book.Reviews), and I’m happy to say (understatement: actually, I’ve been dancing around the room and would have danced out the door and down the street had I not been in my nightgown) THAT IT’S A REALLY GREAT REVIEW!
I would like to thank TheBookJournal.com for taking the time to read and critique Is Harvey Dunne? If you have time, please check out her review, and the rest of her site too (it’s pretty awesome!).
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