Does anyone else have this problem? There’s no more room on the bookshelves, and we’re forever trying to delete the e-books we will miss the least from our e-readers. (Where do we even start with that?) Thing is, I really want to read all the books on my “To Be Read” pile, even if I don’t have time to read them all.
My “To Be Read” pile is made up mostly of indie books. Books published by author friends, or book recommended by said author friends, or books I’ve stumbled across as a result of being a part of the indie community. The books I read now are by people I’ve never heard before, and to start with, that was a little scary. Authors with reputations are safe – we know what you’re getting, and the mountains of newspaper book reviews are there to reassure us that: it’s OK, they’re pretty good, you’ll probably like this. With indie authors we’ve never heard of, we are definitely rolling the dice.
Back when I really didn’t understand self-publishing at all, I had the same opinion as most people: self-publishing was something people did when they weren’t good enough for traditional publishing. Wow, have I changed my tune now! My e-library is so full because there are so many talented indie authors out there. Without self-publishing, there’s no way I’d have had the chance to read some of my favourite books!
The works of Monique Martin, Andy Peloquin, and Julie Hall might never have existed – or maybe they would, but heavily edited and unrecognisable after a thorough bashing by publishing house editors.
It just doesn’t bear thinking about. *shudder.”
While the stress of never reaching the end of my “To Be Read” pile while always be there, I would so much rather have too many books to read, than not enough. Keep ’em coming, indies!
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