Best Indie Books/Authors
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 536 ratings
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 92 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 240 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 520 ratings
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 6,473 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 131 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 81,921 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 2,980 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 798 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,132 ratings
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 157 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 74 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 45 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 181 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 66,241 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,103,923 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 327,269 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 134 ratings
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19
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 656 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 10,979 ratings
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4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 67 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 136 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 162 ratings
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24
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 393 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 118 ratings
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26
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 853 ratings
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27
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 9,592 ratings
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28
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 374 ratings
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 87 ratings
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30
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 45,423 ratings
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3.18 of 5 stars 3.18 avg rating — 2,333 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 237 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,173 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 14,872 ratings
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 76 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 163 ratings
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37
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 43,936 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 5,899 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 30,423 ratings
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4.81 of 5 stars 4.81 avg rating — 73 ratings
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 121 ratings
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42
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 296 ratings
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43
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 407 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 118 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 367 ratings
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46
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 500,933 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 73 ratings
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 27 ratings
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3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 1,046 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 59 ratings
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51
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 217 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 419 ratings
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4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 29 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 606 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 17 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 129 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 36 ratings
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59
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 22,724 ratings
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60
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 235 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 11 ratings
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 60 ratings
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63
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,620 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 2,222 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 107 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 31 ratings
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67
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 297 ratings
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68
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 421 ratings
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69
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 134 ratings
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70
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 37 ratings
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71
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 101 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 98 ratings
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73
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 137 ratings
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4.77 of 5 stars 4.77 avg rating — 65 ratings
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75
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 106 ratings
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 653 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 109 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 15 ratings
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4.65 of 5 stars 4.65 avg rating — 80 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 183 ratings
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81
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 92 ratings
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82
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 47 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 49 ratings
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 48 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 65 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,257 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 159 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,907 ratings
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89
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 309 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,463 ratings
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91
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 64 ratings
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92
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 219 ratings
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93
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4.83 of 5 stars 4.83 avg rating — 65 ratings
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94
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 12 ratings
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95
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 128 ratings
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96
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22 ratings
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96
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,079 ratings
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98
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 1,319 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 62 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 207 ratings
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1,518 books · 1,682 voters · list created April 29th, 2011 by Coral (votes) .
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this.


message 2: by Coral (new)

Coral As far as I know - Indie music/art/film/books - meant people that were handling things pretty much on their own without the backing from a major studio or publisher.

Indie press also means small press or small publishing houses. Not the big traditional ones.

Now, because of the Internet and availability of eBooks and the ability of individuals to publish their books electronically, to me it means independent authors who are publishing their own work.

Anyone who knows more, please feel free to chime in. :)


message 3: by Coral (new)

Coral hehe I'm a life-long reader so I think it's a great time to be reader too. :)


The Pirate Ghost I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words here and there.

Having said that, I enjoyed reading every one of them. It takes a certain kind of magic to make a story come alive. These writers have the magic, and it's in their books. They deserve some love. (I loved the books.)

It just makes me wonder how much help a publishing company could have been to them with their polishing machine and army of editors if they had just accepted their work instead of trying to force them into writing to meet a formula?


message 5: by Coral (new)

Coral Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words her..."


This list got totally out of hand. I originally meant it as a list that I personally read/reviewed and thought was great... and then it got hi-jacked. lol I don't know how to fix it except start a new list? But I don't know if you can even make a closed list.

I have an Indies-good read shelf which does have only the books I've read and anyone is welcome to check it out or ASK ME!

I'd love to give you suggestions of Indie authors that I found to be really good. Good editing, good cover is a must, but story trumps all. I'm very eclectic so will probably find something you like...

Also I blog about all the Indies I read at alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com

:)


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Coral wrote: "Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront ..."


Ask Suzanne to help you. She is a librarian who can correct and clean up lists. She does it all the time.I hope I didn't spell her name wrong. Susanne maybe


message 7: by Coral (new)

Coral lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?


message 8: by Coral (new)

Coral Nope, I looked at the rules and all lists are public. My shelf has my private Indies-good read so please friend me and check that out or ask me if you are unsure.

I'm not saying everyone else on the list is bad, I'm only one reader and have just listed the books that I've read and thought were good.

:)


message 9: by Coral (new)

Coral Alice wrote: "Coral wrote: "lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?"

Susanne is on most Listopias. You can also go on the group for librarians and ask for help. I have voted on hundreds ..."


No problem Alice. Thanks for your help!


message 10: by The Pirate Ghost (new)

The Pirate Ghost I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would.


message 11: by Coral (new)

Coral Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would."

For intruding? I don't understand. You're welcome to comment.


message 12: by Coral (new)

Coral Oh shoot, now I feel bad. No one else is going to delete anything so you shouldn't. I have a private list so this is no problem.

I just had no idea this list would catch on. Sorry!


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda Rae ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher.


message 14: by Charles (last edited Feb 10, 2013 03:25PM) (new)

Charles O'Donnell Linda wrote: "~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher."

An independently (read: self) published author. With Kindle, iBooks, Nook and more, it's easier than ever to self publish. Which means tens of thousands of self-published books hit the eBook sites every month. Including mine!


message 15: by Riley (new)

Riley Banks How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!


message 16: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Riley wrote: "How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!"

Because it was self-published. Doesn't matter how well it sold or whatever. Since E.L. James self-published (or went through a small publisher) it, it's an indie book.


message 17: by Linnea (new)

Linnea E.L. James (shudders can't believe I said that name) is not an indie book. It was bought up by Random House. Kinda ya know a big ass publisher. So no, should not be on this list.


message 18: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks.


message 19: by Linnea (new)

Linnea BookChic wrote: "It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks."

Nope was never self pub'd. It was published by the writers coffee shop. And all the poor schmucks that read it as fanfiction bought it and 6 months later Random House bought it up.


message 20: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Still though, the Writers Coffee Shop is not a major publisher and therefore an indie one and the book belongs on this list. The reason Random House bought it is because it was such a huge seller despite being a title from a little-known independent publisher. It doesn't matter if the book was later bought by a major publisher and mass-produced. What matters is the initial publication- was it self- or indie-published? If yes, it belongs here.


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