I hope 2014 has been gotten off to a good start for all of you.
Last night, we did something we almost never do – we watched the Grammys. At least, we watched until I had to go to bed, and then recorded the rest. I have yet to see Sara Bareilles singing with Carol King, so don’t tell me how it went. One of the most magical things about last night’s show was the number of recording artists who indie-produced their music! No record label, no gatekeepers, no one in the way to say, “No, you’re not good enough to be on this stage.” That realization was so incredibly empowering to me.
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that a little over a year ago, I began indie-publishing my books. It’s no secret that the internet has unleashed a veritable flood of self-published books and it is also no secret that many, if not most, of them are really of questionable quality. That begs the question “if readers want to read them, who are you to judge them?” And that’s a valid point. But interestingly, there are A LOT of on-line discussions and blog posts about the dearth of good books being produced, both by indies and (gasp) by publishers. It seems that in their haste to produce books, a lot of publishers are skipping the editing and proofreading part of the process. Lynne Pierce blogged about this very topic last year. Read her post HERE.
Just as in the music industry, there are some jewels among the indie books being produced. The hard part, though, is finding them. To that end, two websites were recently launched with the aim of giving readers of lesbian fiction places to go to find those indies. RJ Samuel, an indie author from Galway, launched IndieLesfic. At almost the same time (great minds must think alike) New Zealander, Kate Genet, and her wife, Kelli Jae Baeli, were working on Sapphica Books. Both sites give readers a place to go to find indie authors of lesbian fiction, similar to the publishers’ web sites where their stables of authors are listed. I can’t imagine how much time and work they must have dedicated to getting these sites up and running, compiling the data we sent them and getting it all listed. I am HUGELY grateful to them, as I am one of the authors included on both sites.
For those looking for indie authors who aren’t necessarily writing lesbian fiction, I’ve blogged before about the Awesome Indies web site. Check it out.
In the spirit of celebration, I’m giving away 3 signed copies of Miserere on Goodreads, open to readers in the US, Great Britain, Canada and Australia, so sign up now!
For those of you who have taken a chance on my books, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who haven’t yet, I promise you a professionally produced book with a gorgeous cover, thorough editing AND you’ll get a good story with unforgettable characters to boot!