“I’m NOT an indie author… Don’t group my work with that crap!”

Well… it seems that my goal to read and review 55.13 indie books by Dec 2011 might be a bit more difficult to achieve than I thought. The title of this post comes from the first paragraph of an email I received yesterday night. The disgusting and unprofessional author went on to tell me that I “need to stop assuming things” about topic I “obviously don’t understand.”

I won’t lie to you, my Wicked Darlings; I was mildly hurt. I wished I had been angry, but no; her reaction made me sad. I started my I Heart Indie Authors List (which changed to I Heart Indie Books List) because I understand that independently published work needs all the free publicity it can get. You might have a couple of indie authors with the resources to truly promote their work, but that means little to those who have written only a few books and have to maintain a day job in order to pay the bills.   

The name of the person who emailed me has been removed from my list. Also, her email made me change the way I’ve been approaching indie book reviews. I will no longer assume that a self-published novel is indie work, or that a novel published by a small press labeled independent is indeed an indie publication.

So… if your website/blog doesn’t explicitly label your work—or some of your work—as indie, I will NOT review it or add it to my I Heart Indie Books List. This means that you will have to contact me, if you want your independently published urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dark fantasy… read, reviewed, and listed.

Please pass the word; tell your writer friends that Pagan Culture is an Indie Friendly Blog. I would love to review works that meet the requirements I’ve listed in How to Request a Book Review.

Read you around, my luvs!

P.S. Ask me how tempted I am to publish her name? Yeah, that much; but I won’t. I might hate caviar and most expensive wine, but I have a lot more class than this individual. Besides, I won’t give her publicity she doesn’t deserve. 

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31 comments:

  1. I'm proud to be an Indie author! It keeps my vision pure!!!!

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  2. I suppose I am an indie closet writer/witch. I also like Michigan based wines that cost 6 dollars for two bottles...and I'm okay with that :).

    Love you Mags!

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  3. Crappola, $6 for 2 bottles... I can't find anything under $4.50 at our bottle shop :/ & yes that's the one we buy ;)
    PS.Go Magaly!!!

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  4. Oh god, the indie vs. indie debate is ridiculous. 90% of writers don't care. 99.9% of readers don't care.

    There's just this tiny bunch of 'indie' authors who have this great snobbery about not being lumped in with the 'self-published' authors, and then there are the writers who think indie is synonymous with self-published so have this great snobbery about not being called indie...

    Don't they realise, if they have to explain and argue the distinction to everybody then maybe they're the ones who have it wrong...?

    Anyway, it's the writing that counts, and whether people enjoy reading it.

    It kinda strikes me as shooting herself in the foot a bit, in this instance. I don't really think anyone would have seen her on your list and decided -not- to read her because of it, but she might have got more readers out of it. Her loss.

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  5. Geez, I used to think that all authors would appreciate positive attention... well, now you've got even more time for those who appreciate your support.

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. I have chocolate wine that I love and it cost $8 a bottle. It is from Holland and it is TDF!!! And potent too!!
    As for the crap from the unmentioned person...sheesh!!! What a load of crap!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. I am proud of you for not taking the bait and lowering yourself to that author's standards. It's hard not to do. Believe me, I know. Love you. Stay true to yourself:)

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  8. James - as you should be ;-)

    Penny - "Indie closet writer/witch" lol. You always make me smile.

    Shelle - I want to get 2 bottles for 6 bucks too! I can't find strawberry of peach Arbor Mist for less than $5 a bottle. I love its fruitiness lol

    John - You've written it so well. This is just a mess!

    Diandra - Indeed! And guess what? After she was done insulting my efforts, she asked me if I wanted a copy of her latest book to review; the nerve!

    SueAnn - load of crap indeed!

    Melissa - I'm very proud of you too hun! And you know there is a special place in my heart for you too ;-)

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  9. Obviously this author is not ready for the world of publishing. As time goes by she will regret complaining about any media attention, and will get used to accepting titles she isn't comfortable with. Welcome to the world of marketing.

    Maybe you should just post YOUR definition of Indie and if you feel the books fall under this category, then they do!

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  10. That a is GREAT suggestion, Aine. I'll definitely do it!

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  11. Surely anything self-published is independent by definition? I don't understand the offence there!

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  12. I agree with Melissa. It's good you didn't post her name and just respectfully removed her name from the list. It's too bad she took such offense. If I had a book, I'd let you call it anything you wanted if it meant getting a well thought out review! Anyway, as tempting as it is to go down the road of b*&#@ing someone out publicly, it rarely does any good and only makes you feel icky. So here's to an un-icky Saturday! :)

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  13. Great - so she can't even give out constructive criticism...I'd hate to have to give her any...pretty sure she wouldn't handle receiving it any better.

    You are the better person here. I think you can go with your own definition of indie, after all what gives her the right to define what "INDIE" is.

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  14. I wouldn't change anything about the way you were making your list and doing your reviews. she objected, you removed her, that's all that needed to be done.

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  15. This kind of reminds me of the whole "I'm straight edge, but don't label me" phenomenon.

    I like your sass. It makes me giggle.

    More power to you!

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  16. Darling wicked one......
    I hate this phrase but it does seem to be just the right one for this situation....you can't fix stupid or rude.
    You are so classy sassy and I am so proud to know a woman with the where with all not to out the idiot. But why give her any publicity at all.
    You can tell she's well adjusted huh?
    Keep on keeping on. You's a baddie and I loves ya, The Olde Bagg

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  17. The high road is always the best road. Good for you, Magaly!

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  18. Wow, what a bitch. And a stupid one, too, alienating a reader over something that doesn't matter.

    I don't know if I label myself as an indie writer on my website, but I definitely am one. And proud of it!

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  19. Arlecchino - Some people are just ridiculous that way.

    Kijjet - Hooray "to un-icky Saturday" ;-)

    Lilac Wolf - I think people have the right to define themselves any way they wish, but being ignorant about it never gets anyone anywhere. She just have issues.

    Ellen - I'm thinking about this. Other writers (those who have not come across my post) shouldn't pay for her stupidity.

    Freckles - Glad to have made you giggle ;-)

    Linda - How funny! In my reply I told her they had pills for the stupidity infecting her head (I know, I'm not as restrained in private ;-)

    Debra - Indeed.

    Edie - Bitches might be insulted if they found out you grouped them with this woman lol. And totally off the topic (okay, kind of) I'm reviewing Dead People next month. I can't wait to share the goodness!

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  20. That's too bad! Even if someone doesn't consider themselves an indie author, it is incredibly rude to speak that way to you! Have you heard about that book review a couple weeks ago where the author freaked out on the reviewer's blog? Some people just don't know how to act...

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  21. Alexia (beautiful name, by the way) - I hadn't heard, but I just Googled "author freaks over bad review" and was taken right to it. Oh my freaking gods! How can someone belittle themselves to such a level. That is unprofessional and then some, but like is is bound to happen, I read the public reply to her lack of tact, and wow, was she destroyed or what? You are right "some people just don't know how to act..."

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  22. wow, someone had some panties in a bunch! How immature and unprofessional. Good for you taking the high rood!

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  23. How pathetic to be offended and downright rude and immature when you're trying to give a review and some extra publicity! Insanity!
    One day I'll be an indie author, and damn proud of it!

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  24. She only proves she was not worthy of your attention, Magaly.

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  25. If that's exactly what she said to you in your title there, I especially love(sarcasm) the part where she refers to indie work as "crap". I sure would like to know who this "NOT indie" author is so that I don't accidentally read any of her "NOT indie" work. Wouldn't wanna group her in with that "crap" you know.....*eye roll*. Just gotta love dem elitists....

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  26. Misty Boston - Panties in a bunch and then some.

    Lilac SilveFox - Some people have no common sense.

    Wabaeni - Indeed! More time for those who do ;-)

    LJ - I understand your need to show her the respect she needs, so I'll email you shortly, so you won't get into any accidents that might compromise the way you feel about crap.

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  27. That's too bad! Even if someone doesn't consider themselves an indie author, it is incredibly rude to speak that way to you! Have you heard about that book review a couple weeks ago where the author freaked out on the reviewer's blog? Some people just don't know how to act...

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  28. This kind of reminds me of the whole "I'm straight edge, but don't label me" phenomenon.

    I like your sass. It makes me giggle.

    More power to you!

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  29. Surely anything self-published is independent by definition? I don't understand the offence there!

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  30. That a is GREAT suggestion, Aine. I'll definitely do it!

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  31. I am proud of you for not taking the bait and lowering yourself to that author's standards. It's hard not to do. Believe me, I know. Love you. Stay true to yourself:)

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