Wednesday, April 27, 2011
IT'S TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO INDIE AUTHORS
Then, once iTunes came into play, bands with record contracts like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails decided they'd put out their music directly as well, without the record company's meddling input. They were lauded for their creativity and innovation. Radiohead went as far as to allow the listener to choose what price to pay for the download.
The same thing is happening now in the publishing world. Writers like Blake Crouch, J.A. Konrath and David Morrell who were well established authors within the literary world have decided to forego the traditional route for the indie path. Is this safe? Probably not. Is it working? You bet. Their sales are enormous. Especially with eBooks.
So let's all agree there are indie authors who don't exactly have polished material. They lack certain editing skills and literary muscles to create a good book. But that doesn't mean we should ignore the writers who are out there publishing fantastic work on their own, via Amazon or B&N. And as far as the New York Times goes, you might want to step aside before that train gets there. Or at the very least send a journalist to report the damn thing.