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message 1: by Gareth (new)

Gareth Young (spartagus) | 22 comments Mod
Do you prefer reading established authors from Traditional Publishers or are you more likely nowadays to try out new and exciting Indie authors?


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Roger Spielmann (derekorm2010) | 3 comments Hi, you guys. I just joined this group and I'm still trying to figure out how to contribute. My debut novel The Interview was recently published by Joshua Tree Publishing, a traditional publisher based in Chicago.

As for the question posed, I've been reading more and more indie-published novels, particularly from authors who I know personally.

Anyway, if you have any suggestions for me as a new group member, do let me know!


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Tym | 4 comments I find I like to buy/read a mix of indie and traditional. There are a number of traditionally published authors that I love and will read anything they publish. That being said, I love finding a good indie book that isn't constrained by what publishers see as current market trends.


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Gareth Young (spartagus) | 22 comments Mod
Tym wrote: "I find I like to buy/read a mix of indie and traditional. There are a number of traditionally published authors that I love and will read anything they publish. That being said, I love finding a go..."

Would you say the AUTHOR is the main draw of the traditional stuff you read whereas the GENRE/STORY is what draws you to Indie stuff?


message 5: by Tym (new)

Tym | 4 comments I would say that is a very fair assessment


message 6: by Roger (new)

Roger Spielmann (derekorm2010) | 3 comments Hi, you guys. So you're actually online right now? Cool!

My response to the question would be another question: Does "Indie" mean self-published?


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Gareth Young (spartagus) | 22 comments Mod
Tym wrote: "I would say that is a very fair assessment"

What genre, or sub-genre, are you most excited by that's not particularly marketed by the traditional publishers?


message 8: by Gareth (new)

Gareth Young (spartagus) | 22 comments Mod
Roger wrote: "Hi, you guys. So you're actually online right now? Cool!

My response to the question would be another question: Does "Indie" mean self-published?"


Nowadays, yes. Indie authors used to be those operating outside of the BIG FIVE, being published by smaller, independent publishers. Today it refers to the vast swathe of self-published authors who maintain complete creative control and rights to their work.


message 9: by Tym (new)

Tym | 4 comments Gareth wrote: "Tym wrote: "I would say that is a very fair assessment"

What genre, or sub-genre, are you most excited by that's not particularly marketed by the traditional publishers?"


I love old school style pulp fiction (ie ERBurroughs, Doc Savage, etc) I look for a lot of that, but what excites me most is something that sounds like nothing I have read before. Survival fiction is something else I look for a lot.


message 10: by Barb (new)

Barb  | 4 comments I read both indie and traditional, although when reading YA, I tend to read more traditionally published authors.


message 11: by Aila (new)

Aila Stephens | 4 comments Over the last few years I've definitely read more Indie than anything else. It started out as a research mission—I figured I needed to know all I could about the community I wanted to enter.

Despite my discovery that the Indie publishing world is inundated with bad work, I have found several gems and I find myself going back to these outstanding Indie authors first when I am looking for something new to read. I'm sure I've picked up some biases along my journey, but who hasn't?


message 12: by S.J. (new)

S.J. Cairns (samijocairns) | 2 comments Hmmm. I tend to read more traditionally published books UNLESS they're written by people within my writing community. I wouldn't see a lot of the Indie published books otherwise.

In general, I stick to authors I know regardless of how they were published.


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