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 is "what makes an indie book different?" As opposed to the consortium of people who put together a traditionally published book, an indie book represents the singular vision of its author.
The second most asked question is usually more an assumption. If a traditional publisher didn't like the book, why the heck will I? Well, in many cases, an indie book isn't picked up by a traditional publisher because it is viewed as having a subject or writing style that won't appeal to a lot of people. Indie books are not necessarily better than their traditionally published counterparts, but -- like indie music and film -- they are generally enjoyed by a more adventurous and discriminating audience.
The reality is that big publishing houses need big sales to keep them afloat and are less likely to take chances than you, the actual reader. But an indie book doesn't need permission to be quirkier or more original than its traditional counterpart. It just needs to find an audience to embrace it, something the five I've included most obviously have.
The whole point of indie books is that they are not for everyone (except for when they are, meaning that many indie books -- once they have established themselves as successful, are then scooped up, repriced and repackaged by traditional publishers).
And now, for your consideration, and taken from IndieReader's latest "List Where Indies Count," are this week's bestselling indie titles.
Isn't it time you tried an indie?
Written by Rick Murcer, who currently has two titles on IR's list, this humor-laced thriller is about Manny Williams, a small-town detective/workaholic who is finally taking the long-awaited vacation he had promised his wife, Louise. Tropical paradise appears to be a perfect recipe for desperately needed R and R... until the first dead body turns up.
The Mill River Recluse opens with a mystery: An old woman commits suicide on a snowy night. Who is she? Why did she cut herself off from the town below? IndieReader's reviewer gave the book 3 stars, saying that book is a "real page-turner" and that "with every chapter break we're left wanting more."
Jennifer Silence reads between the lines. A psycholinguistic analyst, she studies documents written by murderers, teasing out hidden clues. But nothing in her life has prepared her for the document that is now in her hands. A leather-bound diary from a crumbling crypt. The diary of Jack the Ripper. Written by New York Times bestselling author Michael Prescott, Riptide is a powerful novel of psychological suspense. And it's an indie!
There are some indies who defy the definition of writers whose books attract a limited readership. John Locke, the first self-published author to sell a million eBooks on Amazon Kindle, would be one of them. In this eighth book of the series, former CIA assassin Donovan Creed finds himself at odds with mob-connected Tony Spumoni and practically everyone else he knows, including his boss Darwin, lover Gwen, daughter Kimberly, protégé Callie, co-worker Lou, physician Doc Howard, assorted board members, terrorists and even a zoo full of angry monkeys!
Moon Child is the fourth book in J.R. Rain's Vampire for Hire Series and features Samantha Moon, mom, wife, private investigator. Six years prior, Moon was a federal agent, the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.
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