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.