The Indie Book Stigma

As an author, I am always keeping my eyes open for opportunities to promote myself and my books; it’s one of the things you have to do as a self-published author. No one else is going to do it for you.

And whilst I’ve found many amazing blogs and sites that have helped me (and to whom I am eternally grateful), I’ve found many that start off their review policy with “I will not review self-published or indie books.”

The question I want to ask is, why not? Please note this isn’t an attack on reviewers or bloggers, it’s your site and you can do as you please. I am just honestly curious. I want to know the reason behind it.

If you are a blogger/reviewer who happens across this post (as I assume most of my followers read/write indie books already), please let me know. If you don’t want to post in the comments, please feel free to email me at aprillelegacy(at)gmail(dot)com.

I will not attack or judge you, and I hope you will award me the same courtesy. I would really just like to know what this stigma is.

If you’re an indie author who has come across this as well, I’d like to hear from you. Same deal, comments or email me šŸ™‚

If you don’t want to do either, feel free to answer the poll below!


Posted in Author Adventures, Blog
4 comments on “The Indie Book Stigma
  1. kathrynsinbox says:

    I have often wondered exactly this.

    One of the problems many people have with self published books is that there is no quality control. For every self-published author who puts in a whole lot of time, effort and money into formatting, editing and proofreading there is one who doesn’t. It’s unfair, but we all end up getting stuck with the stereotype that all self-published books are bad.

    • Mm that totally makes a lot of sense. It can be really frustrating to read a badly edited book, but honestly, so far I’ve found worse mistakes in traditional publishing…

  2. This is a really interesting post, Aprille. I honestly don’t read as many independently published books as I would like to — though the main reason for that isn’t the stigma, more the fact that I dislike e-books compared to actual print books. I really wish my local libraries/bookstores would start supporting indie authors more as I’d be more inclined to read them if they were there, in print. While I do read some e-books, I’d always choose an actual print book over an e-book, mainly ’cause it puts strain on my already crappy eyes when I read a screen for an extended period of time. šŸ˜›

    Getting back to the whole stigma thing, though, it’s definitely unfair. Pretty much what Kathryn said above — a few people don’t edit or format properly, and the rest of you get dragged down by that. Which is wrong; just because you haven’t gone through traditional methods of publishing doesn’t mean your novel is no good. It just means you’ve chosen a different avenue. You’d think that in this technological day and age people would be more willing to accept self-published books, but apparently not. The sad thing is that only really popular indie authors are likely to gain exposure — eg, Angelfall by Susan Ee — while I’m sure that there are so many hidden gems out there just waiting to be discovered by a larger demographic of readers.

    • I love your response, Kara! I completely agree about print over screen, if I’m looking to buy an indie book and they have a hard copy available, I will always shell out top dollar for the print version. They look nice on my bookshelf too.
      I hope that more people take your view on self-pubbed books. The last book to get me uber excited and fangirly was “Water” by Heather James. I went through a massive book hangover after that. I’ve read heaps of trad books since, but nothing has gotten me as worked up as that novel so far. I’m back to indie books for a while, hoping to find another gem!
      Thanks for your response!!! Hope NaNo is going well šŸ˜‰

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