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Amy Edelman
Amy Holman Edelman is the author of one indie (later sold to a trad publisher) and two traditionally published books. She is the founder of, the essential guide to self-published books and the people who write them, and the IndieReader Discovery Awards. She can be reached at

Entries by Amy Edelman

Equal But Different

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:35 AM

According to Michael Kozlowski's recent post in GoodeReader, "Indie eBooks Need to be Segregated."

Aside from his use of the word "segregated" in the sentence (which I think is overly inflammatory), I agree.

Self published books should be separated from those of traditionally pubbed; not because they're less...

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Why Indie Authors Need Rabble

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 2:42 PM

I've worked with self-published authors since I launched IndieReader back in 2007. And while in that time they've come a very long way, one thing that has not changed is the difficulty in finding outlets to get legit reviews. And after that, the problem becomes how to make...

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The New York Times (Finally!) Reviews a Self-Published Book

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 10:22 AM

After featuring them on their best seller lists -- mostly via the inclusion of ebooks a little over two years ago -- The New York Times has finally reviewed a self-published book.

And guess what?

The appearance of Michiko Kakutani's two-page review of the The Revolution Was Televised...

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Everybody Pays For It

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 12:00 PM

A version of this article first appeared on

I first wrote about the topic of paid reviews on IndieReader last week, spurred by David Streitfeld's case study, "The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy", on the front page of the business section of The New York Times,...

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Best IndieReader Reviewed Books Of 2011

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 2:40 PM

IndieReader, the consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, is proud to present our best reviewed books of 2011.

And while we realize that people's responses to books are subjective, we can guarantee that what's written will be less biased than an opinion dashed off by...

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Indie Cookbooks To Be Thankful For

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 10:20 AM

It's that time of year again, when family and friends gather around the table to give thanks...and to eat.

This year, why not make it an indie Thanksgiving, with food prepared (and wine selected) with help from one of the gorgeous books below.

Happy Holidays!

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Scary Good Indie Books for Halloween

(6) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:08 PM

It's that time of year again. Pumpkins are being carved, costumes are being made and politicians are yelling at each other.

As the temperature drops and the leaves fall, what could be more fun than cuddling up with a bowl of candy corn and a good scary book (after the...

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7 Great Indie Books to Read Whilst You Occupy Wall Street

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 3:26 PM

From Indie Reader

Occupy Wall Street, a "Movement For Economic Justice", began on September 17th when--following a rally Lower Manhattan--an estimated 150 people began an encampment in Zuccotti Park.

Since then, the movement has spread world wide--from U.S. cities including Denver, Omaha and Philadelphia to North and...

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9 Books That Began Life Self Published

(10) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 2:51 PM

Indie (aka self) publishing is hardly a new phenomena. And contrary to some, it is not code word for "not good enough." Want proof? Take a look at the nine titles featured in our slideshow. From modern blockbusters like "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and "Eragon" to acclaimed masterpieces from authors...

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Top 5 Bestselling Indie Books & Why You Should Read Them

(63) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:03 PM

There's been a lot written about indie books lately -- and, like the whole debt ceiling thing, many people still have questions. So, along with listing five of the top bestselling indies this week, I'm going to explain why you should be reading them.

The question I hear most often...

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Indie eBooks: The Gateway "Drug" to Traditional Publishing

(6) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 11:57 AM

Gone are the days when a writer had to spend hours hunched over a stack of query letters, only to have their hopes dashed months later with the arrival of an unsigned form letter.

Today, thanks entirely to the creation of the e-reader (yay Jeff Bezos!), there's no longer...

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Indie Authors: How to Build a Bieber-Size Audience

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 1:12 PM

In the wild world of publishing (both indie and traditional), the Holy Grail has always been finding an audience (or conversely, having an audience find you).

There are many tools out there today to help make this possible: Facebook, Twitter, Amazon. But nevertheless, climbing the mountain of "discoverability"--what blogger...

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5 Best Summer Indie Beach Reads

(11) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 7:34 AM

Let's face it. You can pretty much predict what everyone else at the beach will be reading this summer. A bit of what's on the USA Today bestseller list, a pinch of whatever is in People magazine and a healthy dose of whatever was suggested by The New York Times....

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Indie-Books: 5 Steps To Finding The Best Before Your Friends Or Big Publishers Do (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 3:12 PM

There are two kinds of people in this world. There are the ones who "go with the flow"--who frequent big-budget Hollywood movies, listen to Top 10 radio, watch network tv and read mostly The New York Times bestsellers. It is these people who drive the multi-billion industry we know as...

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