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Monday, 30 June 2014

So What are YOU Reading?

Chris Longmuir ask, 'What are you reading?'

I’m asking because I’m currently reading a traditionally published, well known, best selling author, and it struck me that this book was no better than many of the independantly published books, otherwise known as indies, and looked down on by publishers and many traditionally published authors as self-published.

The reason I am saying this is because I’ve recently published my non fiction book, Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, for which I conducted intensive research into all things indie, including the reading of 61 indie novels by writers, some of whom I knew by reputation, but the majority of whom I did not know at all. In fact the majority of these indie writers might not even suspect I’ve included them in this book. But the ones who have discovered themselves between the pages have been highly delighted.

Most of the crime novels I read were good, some very good, and some were excellent. Admittedly, I came across a few which, shall we say, were less than perfect (I’m being polite). The ones that did not meet the grade, I scrapped, and they were not included in the finished book.

I cannot quote all the authors who wrote books I thought were excellent, but I did come across a lot of characters that will remain in my mind. Nanci Rathbun’s Angelina Bonaparte was one. I really liked Angelina who was a most unusual sleuth. Then there was the homeopath Erica Bruce, in the Valerie Laws’ thrillers. Jessica Blackwood, the ex-magician FBI agent, written by Andrew Mayne, and, of course, Jack Daniels in the J A Konrath series. I wish I could quote all the books I liked, but there were far too many. And most of them excellently written. These books would give any traditionally published authors a run for their money.

So, if you haven’t yet tried one of the fantastic selection of indie books, then I suggest you give them a go. If you’re careful in what you choose you won’t be sorry. And to start you off on where to find good indie books look no further than the Famous Five Plus website’s book page or the Awsome Indies web site, all the books on this site are vetted before inclusion, so you won’t find anything that lacks quality here.

Now, I must get back to the book I’m reading. I can’t wait to finish it so I can get back to my favourite indie authors.

Chris Longmuir

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