Best Independent Novels

Best novels published outside of the mainstream publishing channels.
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2,429 books · 3,402 voters · list created December 25th, 2008 by deleted user.
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Jeremy 157 books
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Will 58 books
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R.J. 157 books
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Orson 0 books
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Deanna 3 books
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Kristen 48 books
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Tina 0 books
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David 870 books
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message 1: by M/Ðɑηηɑ (new)

M/Ðɑηηɑ Would love to vote, but I read none of the books.


message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Surani I recognized way more of these books than I've read. Need to fix that!


message 3: by H.L. (new)

H.L. Reasby Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list.


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie I voted for R A Evans, Asylum Lake, it is an awesome read. Very scary and very dark. Loved every word of it!


message 5: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith I added "The Citizens" and "Dhampiri" to the list. They're both still fairly new so, as independents, they aren't very well known yet. But they're getting really great reviews on Amazon and B&N and they're available for Kindle, Nook, and in paperback.

I am having a contest and the prize is a free signed, Paperback copy of "The Citizens". If you're interested in entering you can find the details on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/events/227715...


message 6: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Hartzenberg This is my fourth time in one day voting. And adding to my TBR. I should stay away.


message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim Mcfarlane H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."

Neither is James Patterson.


message 8: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith *sigh* Every indie list I've found so far is smattered with large-press books simply because there are ignorant people who blatantly insist on adding their favorite best seller to every list that they can find.

It's tough being an indie - but well worth it in other ways.


message 9: by Jim (last edited May 17, 2012 04:28PM) (new)

Jim Mcfarlane "H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."

Jim wrote: Neither is James Patterson."

Likewise Stephenie Meyer, P. C. Cast, Suzanne Collins.


message 10: by Belinda (new)

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message 12: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta I added my book, Ash: Return Of The Beast, but it didn't show up on the list. I'm assuming it would appear at the bottom of the list but I don't see it. Guess I'm not surprised. I've been on goodreads for a couple of years now and I'm still baffled by how most of it works... or doesn't work. Like, for instance, above this comment window there's a link that says "add book/author". But when I enter the title of my book it says "no books found". Maybe if I hang around here for another couple of years I'll figure it out. LOL


message 13: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Hi Gary, I found your book listed on Goodreads...
Ash Return of the Beast by Gary Val Tenuta
But this list is a bit confusing. It is constantly changing. You might want to just try and add it again if you still don't see it. Good luck!

PS: Your book sounds really interesting, not my usual type of reading...but if I get brave enough, I might have to check it out. ;)


message 14: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith Hey Gary,

I had the same problem with my books when I first started using Goodreads but realized that the more I searched for them and included them in posts the more consistent and precise their listings became.

For me part of the problem was that I was searching for "The Citizens" and about 100 books would come up with similar titles but I wouldn't see mine anywhere. I tried "The Citizens: A Jazz Nemesis Novel" and got nothing, then tried L. M. Smith and got nothing.

Finally realized Goodreads is very picky about what you search for. I can always find my book by searching either "The Citizens (A Jazz Nemesis Novel) or L.M. Smith, without a space between the L. and the M.

For the longest time Goodreads had about four other novels listed on my author's page that weren't mine but I sent them an email and they fixed it.


message 15: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta Belinda wrote: "Hi Gary, I found your book listed on Goodreads...
[bookcover:Ash: Return of the Beast]
But this list is a bit confusing. It is constantly changing. You might want to just try and add it again if y..."


"... if I get brave enough, I might have to check it out." I get it. I had to get brave enough to write it. LOL! Like the title of my blog post says: "The Writing of ASH: RETURN OF THE BEAST - Or How I Learned Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark". :-)

http://bookblogs.ning.com/profiles/bl...


message 16: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta L.M. wrote: "Hey Gary,

I had the same problem with my books when I first started using Goodreads but realized that the more I searched for them and included them in posts the more consistent and precise their ..."


Thanks, L.M. - I remember when there were a couple books on my page that weren't mine, also. But eventually they just disappeared. I guess with a site this huge there are bound to be glitches of one sort or another. :-)


message 17: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta M.R. wrote: "Part of this list's ranking is based on the book itself. Notice at #12 I have one fewer vote than #13, but I am ranked higher. that is because my book has a few hundred rankings and theirs only a f..."

Hey Michael! Thanks for the kind words.
And congrats on having so many of your titles ranked in the goodreads top 100!


message 18: by M Todd (new)

M Todd Gallowglas Why the heck are the Hunger Games books on this list? They are hardly Indie books.


message 19: by Haley (new)

Haley Not many Indie books have covers that attract the reader. The typography is horrible. The only one I read was Angelfall, and there was way too many words on each page and the cover's not so great. The book inside was amazing and interesting. These people need better designers! I could do better than many of these covers.


message 20: by Susan (last edited Aug 21, 2012 06:21PM) (new)

Susan Clark Haley wrote: "Not many Indie books have covers that attract the reader. The typography is horrible. The only one I read was Angelfall, and there was way too many words on each page and the cover's not so great. ..."

I think you'd like my cover and formatting (THE RELATIONSHIP SHOPPE: A Novel) I can gift you a copy of the book ...


message 21: by Vicky (last edited Aug 31, 2012 01:37PM) (new)

Vicky I'm cleaning up this list a bit. I removed a ton of James Patterson books and working on some of the author authors mentioned above (King, Collins, etc.).

Can anyone speak to Melissa de le Cruz? The books I'm looking at are all published by Hyperion - but I'm not sure if she originally published independently or not.

I'll add this to my list of lists to check, so feel free to comment if you find any other authors who don't fit!

Also Removed:

Julie Kagawa
Mistress of Dragons
Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest
The Golden Compass
Grave Secrets
Legend


message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura "Zena" Ramirez H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."
They are talking about stand alone books.


message 23: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 7 books removed.


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