Emma Woods compares being an indie writer with being a member of a swim team. She makes some good points here.
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I’ve tried. Unfortunately, I was hit by books that either had no story (just beautiful words flung together) or by books that belabored a tiny, predictable story to the point when I lost my patience and decided to stick to my favorite authors. I really have no idea how to pick indie-author books.
Anand, this is why there are reviews and book clubs and so forth. You look for the type of books you already like and you ask friends whose opinions you trust for recommendations. There is a “rule” that goes 90% of everything is crud. With ebooks and the ease of self-publishing now, there’s an exponential increase in the amount of writing available, with a corresponding increase in the amount of crud. It can be very hard to find those gems and golden nuggets among the fertilizer, no matter if they’re indie or big publisher books or ebooks.
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You are right, Tim. When I have more time, I’ll try the book-clubs and reviews….right now, working almost 14 hours a day (this is the time I publish the bi-monthly magazine QSM – and I work after work to get it out.) You are right about the crud:class ratio though. When everyone’s a writer and can publish, there’s always a higher chance of your picking up crud and measuring the whole game by the same yardstick.