Hello everyone! Welcome to the first week of this brand new feature! Confident Reads is a way to open communication between readers and indie authors. Several weeks ago I did a guest post at Pages of Forbidden Love about Self-Published vs. Major Publishing houses (you can find it HERE). At the time I had read a bit about self publishing/indie publishing and had quite a lot to say about everything from a readers perspective. The comments that were left (especially by fantastic indie authors) really got me even more interested in the subject. Since then I have read a bit more and studied more about it. I’ve also noticed that readers have very strong opinions about what they want/need in a book. Confident Reads is to help readers feel confident in the books they spend their money on, and for authors to feel confident in the book they publish. You can find this feature each week (Wednesdays except in September when it will be Tuesdays) discussing a different subject regarding indie books and authors.
To start the feature off I have invited Jeff Bennington, author of The Indie Authors Guide to the Universe (review below), Twisted Vengeance, Reunion and Creepy to the blog to help us understand the difference in self publishing, indie publishing, trade publishing, etc. There are so many terms out there, so what do we use for what? Let’s welcome Jeff to the blog!
I’m not looking into publishing my own book just yet, but I’ve been very curious about it and doing a lot of research about publishing indie. I also work with indie authors a lot and try to read as many of their books as I’m able. Learning more about it all is just me, I like to know the ins and outs. And I think if more readers learn about it they may be more open minded to read it. I’m also trying to help open communication so everyone on both sides (readers and authors) know what the other wants and needs.
That being said, this probably isn’t the first book I would recommend to readers who don’t write. There are books that compare traditional publishing and Indie publishing a bit more and in a way that readers that aren’t writers will understand more. But this is an absolute must read for every Indie author out there. They need to know how important the cover is to us readers. They need to know how much they NEED to hire an editor if they want people to buy their books. And on top of that this helps with learning how to do a blog tour, get review copies out, etc. It tells you where to go to get printed books and the good and bad from each company (per Jeff’s experience). Some know most of this already, but it’s not going to hurt them to read it anyway cause I guarantee that you’ll learn SOMETHING from this book.
This is also a bit lighter reading compared to many ‘how-to’ books out there. I would suggest this for if you are thinking of indie publishing as a starting point because it’s not as overwhelming as others. It also has some very motivating and encouraging words for those who are indie publishing.
I give this one a firm 5 stars because it’s well written and very informative. And I don’t usually comment on covers, but I think this one is pretty great. It’s eye catching but simple and it looks very professional.
Disclosure: I purchased this book myself and was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
For the comments, do you agree with Jeff’s explanation and descriptions? Do you have any questions? Please let us know! (Author feedback is also welcome.)
For next week:
We are going to discuss covers. What we want/need in a cover as a reader.
I would like some feedback regarding this. Please fill out the form and let us know your thoughts. You may be anonymous, or you can share who you are, your choice. These thoughts will be shared on the blog next week (if there is a lot of feedback I may not be able to share them all).
For the authors, do you want to know what readers think of your cover? Fill out the form and link to your cover. I will put it up next week along with a form so readers can anonymously share their thoughts. The thoughts will not be posted for anyone to see and I will email you with an invite to view the google form.