What a blessing and sweet ride it has been seeing books published by previously unknown, yet strong authors. The eletronic world of today has simply changed the world for story tellers previously unable to get their message out. Are all Indie pub books worth supporting? The answer is a resounding NO!! But there are some truly great voices out there, that without Indie publishing would never have been heard.
There have been many blogs out there which have highlighted both the good and the bad about Indie publishing. Caution is the key. Do your homework. Test the waters. Take a chance when holiday shopping on some Indie pub’d books. In many cases, you will not be disappointed.
Before listing some favorites for you, here are some facts. Did you know:
1. there are going to be over 3 million books published in 2012?
2. there are only really six big publishers out there . . .
- Hachette (publisher)
- Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group/Macmillan
- Penguin Group
- Random House
- Simon & Schuster
3. thousands of well known authors received countless literary rejections and dejections before being published
4. Bowker estimates that they will issue over 15,000,000 ISBN numbers in 2012
5. the top selling book of the year, 50 Shades of Gray was indie pub’d?
6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was rejected so many times she had to initially self publish. To date: 80 million sales.
This is why, at the beginning of this holiday season, we should all be thankful for the tenacious resilience of not only Indie pub’d authors, but those authors who are going the distance in this over abundance of printed words. Be brave, traverse the ailes of small independent book stores, support small local businesses. But most important of all, give the gift of words.
Examples of great Indie pub’d books: