Recommend an Indie…PLEASE!

desperate-reader-in-need

I’ve reached a point in my writing where I’m stuck. It happens. So what do you do when your writing is stuck? You read, of course. But who in hell can afford $10 USD for an ebook?

I read 99.9% Indie only and noticed a price hike from $3.99 to around $5.99 USD a while ago, but suddenly this morning, I discovered that a great long list of Indie authors are pricing their books around the $10 mark. Given that I’d already bought most of their books at the ‘normal’ Indie price, I was shocked at the sudden leap.

After rejecting book after book because it was simply too expensive, I finally thought to look at the book details and…doh. Without fail, these previously Indie authors are now ‘published’ by a company.

Indie to traditionally published… I understand. No matter how much we may extol the virtues of being an Indie – creative freedom, product control, more money – a part of every author wants to be traditionally published. Why? Because of the validation.

We still think that traditional publishers are the doyens of good taste and literary value, the way they used to be before publishing became a big business like any other. Even those who know that’s not true succumb to the siren song of validation.

I get that. What makes me furious is that these publishers are reaping the benefits of ebook sales without having done any of the work. And it’s loyal readers like me who suffer because we cannot afford to spend that much money on ebooks. Or any books for that matter. Not when we often read two books a week.

I’m also angry at the fact that it’s the pandemic that’s brought about this price grab by publishers. They can’t get their ‘normal’ books out there because most bookshops and retail outlets are closed, so they hoover up ebooks that cost them next to nothing, and suddenly they have a cash flow again.

The third thing that makes me spitting mad is that these previously Indie authors who had it all – money coming in, fans by the thousand, control of their art and their future – have probably signed away their copyright for ‘life plus 70 years’.

What happens when this pandemic finally ends, and most of them become the equivalent of midlist authors? Will the publishing companies be grateful that these authors gave them a cashflow for next to nothing? Or will they consign them to publishing limbo as they did with a previous generation of midlist authors?

Okay, I tell a lie. I do not care what happens to these authors. I care about me and readers like me. So…having struck a heap of authors off my to-be-read list, I’m asking you guys for recommendations, but true Indies only, please!

I love scifi, first and foremost, then fantasy, then thrillers, and murder mysteries. Can you recommend a good Indie for me to read? Someone who doesn’t charge $10 for an ebook?

As a reader, I’m loyal, and if I like the author, I will read everything he or she has ever written. My Kindle is testament to that.

Thanks to recommendations and reviews by D.Wallace Peach and Indies Unlimited I have two Indie books to keep me going. They are:

  • Voyage of the Lanternfish, by C.S. Boyack
  • A Woman Misunderstood, by Melinda Clayton

I read one of Melinda Clayton’s book some time ago [psychological thriller ], and I read C.S. Boyack’s, ‘Serang’ just recently, so I know both writers are great value. But I need more, so please tell me about your favourite Indies in the comments.

Signed:

desperate-reader-in-need

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52 responses to “Recommend an Indie…PLEASE!

  • Brothers Campfire

    You can read my first story, the Bard, Beast and Brother. If you do not want to pick through all the blog posts, I can send you the document. It is around 60,000 to 80,000 words and it may tell you how wonderful a writer you really are. Use my contact page and I will share it.

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    • acflory

      Thanks for the offer but I always pay for my reading material as I want to support Indies as much as I can. I will check out the Bard, Beast and Brother though. Do you have a link for Amazon?

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    I don’t buy those expensive ebooks either. Sigh. Oh well. Now, I do have an author to recommend (not sure of pricing):
    Sci-fi: D. L Cross (The Astral Conspiracy series) This is really good
    Sci-fi: Amie Kaufman (The Aurora Cycle series)
    Fantasy: Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow series)
    Fantasy: C. L. Schneider (Crown of Stones series)
    Fantasy: Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
    Fantasy: Brin Murray – Children of the Furnace
    Thriller: Anita Dawes – Simple

    Happy Reading!

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  • A flurry of reviews | Meeka's Mind

    […] about them that really appeals to me. This next lot cleaned out my TBR list and triggered my desperate plea for more reading material. […]

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  • Candy Korman

    YES! Everybody, read OUTSIDE your usual boxes. Check out Indie authors. Discover something new. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. But often it does. You may find a new favorite. OR just a good story to pass the time. If you only read the top sellers from big publishers, you will never know what you are missing!

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    • acflory

      Well said, Candy! The thing I’ve discovered is that the innovative stuff is ALL coming from Indies. Ok, maybe a few exceptions like Robin Hobb and China Mieville, but as a rule, Indies are the ones really pushing the boundaries of creativity. Yes, there are some absolute stinkers, but with recommendations you can avoid most of them. πŸ˜€

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  • DawnGillDesigns

    I’m sorry that I don’t have a long list of authors in your fave genre, but I have fave authors, all of whom offer ridiculously low priced books. I expect I have shared hem with you before, but I’m happy to share again, especially as it will likely garner them some new readers (Well I hope so!)
    All are really well written and edited and I love them all. I know you know DV πŸ˜‰
    DVBerkom – kick ass, fast paced, American female fully-rounded hero thrillers. Leine Basso is awesome πŸ˜‰
    JJMarsh; – a range of titles, including the wonderful Beatrice Stubbs – mysteries with a modern and well written twist (see the ongoing #Stubbs over on Twit)
    Virginia King – the Selkie Moon series, really hard to describe these, I always say that they are wonderfully weird and a great introduction to the supernatural woo-woo for those of us that pay a little lip service to the concept of vibes and auras, but aren’t yet convinced πŸ˜‰
    Jane Davis – Jane’s the author of what became my all time favourite novel; An Unknown Woman. All her books are exquisite, thought-provoking, emotion heightening, un-put-downable reads, often (like DV’s) with an underlying topic that is close to her heart.
    All have regular promotions, and often offer one or a box set at a super cheap price.
    There’s also Celina Grace (police procedurals set in the next county to me, so feels very relevant to me!) and Meghan Ciana Doidge – werewolves and magic in Canada. Both these authors write more novella length books.
    Hope there are some there that you enjoy.
    https://jane-davis.co.uk/
    https://www.jjmarshauthor.com/
    https://www.dvberkom.com/
    https://www.selkiemoon.com/

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  • ChrisJamesAuthor

    Oh, interesting! Trad e-book prices have been a joke for years, often it’s cheaper to buy the paperback and help damage the environment needlessly, but I did not know that indies are charging so much – yowser.

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    • acflory

      Well, technically they’re not Indies any more. That’s the problem. They’ve effectively sold their backlist to the publisher who then jacks up the price by between 100 and 200%. I assume any new books will be published by the same publishers. No idea if those publishers are imprints of larger corporations, or ‘new’ publishers in the small to medium size range, but they are milking the golden goose for all it’s worth.

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  • Widdershins

    My TBR list just jumped through the roof!!! : D

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  • Bette A. Stevens

    Hi, Meeks! I’m with you. The #RRBC Catalog has a great selection of books (reasonably) priced by Indie Authors. You can search by genre https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/catalog/ Check them out! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend! xo

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  • Yvonne Hertzberger

    I’m with you on this. I have no intention of changing my prices. Um, you asked so … mine are Fantasy – available on both Smashwords and Amazon.

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  • Berthold Gambrel

    I highly recommend “The Gossamer Globe” by Abbie Evans. It’s a humorous sci-fi/fantasy adventure. And it’s free on Kindle and Smashwords.

    Another good one is “Surreality” by Ben Trube. It’s a murder mystery set in a virtual reality world.

    Also, the book I reviewed today on my blog, “All the Colors of the Dead” by Alex Vorkov is a good blend of sci-fi and horror.

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  • cagedunn

    What’s worse than paying so much for an eBook? That we never own it, only licensed to read it, which can be revoked at any time, for any reason, and we have no recourse.

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    • acflory

      Yeah, I don’t think many people realise that. What Whispersync gives it can also take away. Unless, of course, you download to your computer and sideload to the Kindle. πŸ˜€

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      • cagedunn

        From Amazon, even the desktop app is their app and they can remove all the contents — happened to me once (but it came back, although without my ‘other’ .mobi files).

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        • acflory

          Yes, they can. But as far as I know, they can’t remove the app once it’s installed, and they can’t remove files that are stored /on/ your computer. At least I hope not because if that’s the case, the security of every pc with an Amazon account is shot.

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          • cagedunn

            They can disallow access to the app cos it’s a cloud thing (if you have a ‘zon account, you can find the link to it with devices and such), but no, they can’t touch your folders. The problem is when you have so, so, so many things — all my research tomes from Gutenberg, etc. (cos they work better, generally, in .mobi). Hundreds of ’em. And that’s not counting the edit work I do (by using Calibre and uploading to read through the app/device). It’s a tangled web, but we need ’em.

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          • acflory

            Ah, I see what you mean. I’ve never tried this but I’m wondering if Calibre can convert from AZW to epub? If it can then there’s no reason we couldn’t use Adobe Digital Editions instead. Or actually, just read it in Calibre itself. Hmm…

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          • cagedunn

            No. I tried it just to see if I could organise my folders better by seeing the titles of the works rather than the strange things we get as the package of zon books.
            Reading in Calibre? Never tried it, but I think they have a new thing where you can open to check the conversion … food for thought.

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          • acflory

            I don’t particularly like any of the onscreen ereaders – nothing beats the convenience of a book-like device – but Digital Editions and the Calibre reader will allow you to read epub files on your computer.
            I know you can use the Kindle app on your phone but I’m not sure if you can do the same with Digital Editions etc.
            Re the whole leasing of books thing, it’s ridiculous that we can often buy paperbacks for /less/ than the leased ebooks published [sic] by traditional publishers. Just wrong.

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          • cagedunn

            Very wrong. And we, the people who pay to keep them afloat, will remember this travesty. Make the e-Versions license cheap, or lose our business.

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          • acflory

            Yes! I’ve been reading Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Business musings for a couple of years now, and she says the Big However-Many publishers are hell bent on keeping their lucrative hardcover income by discouraging ebooks via the pricing. They’ve got buckley’s, of course, but it seems that common sense is in short demand in these big corporations.

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  • suzannerogersonfantasyauthor

    I’ve loved Emma Miles Firewalker series, which is fantasy. I’d also highly recommend The Children of Sinai by Shelley Charke. I’d love to recommend my own books, but I’m not good at blowing my own trumpet. I hope you check out these other indies, they deserve a read!

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  • The Story Reading Ape

    Audrey beat me to it regarding Lorinda J. Taylor and her Termite series.
    For fantasy fans, I highly recommend Jim Webster (Port Naain series) and Charles E. Yallowitz (Legends of Windemere series and War of Nytefall series).
    I could recommend many, many, MANY others, but the list word count would easily exceed your post πŸ˜ƒ

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  • daleleelife101.blog

    Try signing up for https://bookrunes.com/ … Indie authors, free or cheap ebooks, often promoting a series. You select the genres you like then are sent daily emails for ebooks you can download via Amazon Kindle.

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  • Audrey Driscoll

    I may have mentioned Lorinda J. Taylor before, but if not, I heartily recommend her books. They are well-written, thought-provoking, and priced around $2.99 USD. She has written two lengthy series, one about a 28th century spacefarer (hard science fiction) and another set on a fictional planet with termites as the intelligent life form. Humans are barely present in that series, but human readers can certainly relate to these nonhuman characters. The 2-book set The Termite Queen is a good intro, because it does feature human characters.

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