With over 8 million books listed on Amazon.com, it is pretty clear that the world is full of independent authors. Independent means that we are not under a big, money up front contract with a big publishing house. The world is not full of John Grisham's and Stephen King's. They get millions to keep writing and their publishers spend tens of thousands on publicity.
The literary world is full of independent authors. We don't get advances. We don't get much for publicity. In fact, many are self-published, which means they dished out a few thousand to get the book made. A lot of doors are shut to self-published books. Many (like myself) work with small publishing houses that love authors enough to make the book, but require a lot of heavy lifting on the author's part to sell the book. In the end, indie authors find themselves in a sea of books with very little understanding of how to make that one special book stand out.
If you know and love an indie author (and if you are reading this blog, I suppose you do - thanks!) then take a look at ways you can support their work:
Do these four things for your favorite indie author and I promise, they'll love you forever!
Aaron Davis is the author of the novel, "Street Preacher" and the upcoming memoir "Baggage Claim: One Minister's Journey Through Depression to Peace." You can learn more about inviting him to speak to your organization here.
Author, Parent, Husband, Christ-follower