The Beginner’s Guide to Reading Indie

I hope you’re in the mood to read, because it’s #IndieApril season! Yes, I see that tippy tower of books you were planning to tackle in the near future, but there’s always room for more books, am I right?

The Beginner's Guide to Reading Indie

#IndieApril is all about promoting independent authors. These trailblazers go above and beyond the already challenging task of penning a novel—they also take on the full responsibility of editing, formatting, packaging, marketing, and all that other behind-the-scenes business stuff that goes into a glamorous modern writing career. Impressive, no?

Places like Etsy and Kickstarter have gotten us acclimated to accepting creators who make their own path toward success. The world is catching on that the future is highly independent, and support for solo ventures and small businesses is on the rise.

Feeling ready to dive in and try reading something less traditional? Here are a few tips to guide you on your quest to discover excellent indie books.

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2019 Highlight Reel

Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve never been a big fan of clip/recap episodes, but I think there’s some benefit in creating them for ourselves.

Elza's 2019 Highlight Reel

Whether you missed it the first time around, wanted to relive these most-magical moments, or were hoping for my all-important opinions on certain auspicious events, as long as you’re good and ready for a lot of me talking about myself, read on.

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10 Books I Can’t Stop Recommending

If you know just one reader, you probably already know that we can’t help ourselves from bringing books into every conversation. Because stuff reminds us of what we’ve read. And what we’ve read is awesome. And everyone should be able to experience that awesomeness for themselves. Thus, the never-ending book recommendations. Sorry, not sorry.

10 Books I Can't Stop Recommending

For today, I’ll be sharing some of the books (I’m limiting myself to 10) that I CAN’T stop recommending. Please, if you like me even a little bit, read these books. And then come back and tell me so we can have a nice chat.

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#BookADayMay Wrap Up + #MGCarousel Book Bingo for May

#BookADayMay final stack

Books are a big part of my life all year ’round, but kicking off summer with a reading challenge has always been my favorite tradition. There’s something about that first day with the A/C on that makes me wild for a trip to the library…

That being said, it’s a lot easier for me to stay focused when there’s some sort of incentive attached, which is why I decided to participate in Middle Grade Carousel‘s first official #BookADayMay challenge!

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5 Reading Challenges You Should Try

I enjoy a good challenge. A challenge gives me the tools I need to succeed. Special criteria or themes allow me to get creative. Time limits provide motivation. Being judged and receiving feedback drives me to make a good impression. If I want to get something done, the first thing I do is turn it into a challenge.

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One of the things I challenge myself to do is read more. And, thanks to Goodreads groups and the bookish community on social media, I’ve found lots of fun ways to conquer my To-Read stack while engaging with other enthusiasts!

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Show & Tell – #Indiecember

Indie books are an up and coming trend for creative types, allowing writers an alternate avenue to share their work. It’s a cool option for ambitious types who like to manage their own projects from start to finish, writers of niche genres that don’t get enough attention from big-name publishers, or those career-minded people who want to build a platform before taking their work to a traditional publisher.

But there are some disadvantages to this route, including the difficulty of getting great stories into the ready hands of the right people. Which is why I’m so excited about #Indiecember.

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(check out the official rules and download your own board)

#Indiecember is a bingo-style reading challenge designed to help these hardworking authors find the right readers. If you’ve never tried reading an indie title before, I encourage you to check out some of my favorites and give them a whirl!

 

Question of the Day: What are some of your favorite independently published titles?