Top 10 Indie

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted every Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers compile lists of different top 10s. This week it’s free choice

Top Ten Indie Authors/Books

I think as bloggers we are in a great position to promote indie authors. Unlike professional reviewers we can read whatever we want and that means we can more easily review lesser known authors and books. I have read some great indie authors (and let’s face it, some not so great ones!). I’m not sure if I can make 10 but for once they are sot of in an order of preference, 1 being first of course!

1) Scott StabileIf you’re a regular reader of this blog you may well know how much I love Scott Stabile’s Brooklyn Bites series of short stories. I’m not a big reader of short stories but I adored these. The descriptions of food and sense of relationships are particularly good. Read my reviews 1, 2, 3. Stabile has also co-written some children’s stories, a children’s film, a crime show, has a full length novel in the works, and plans for a further volume of Brooklyn Bites (does this guy ever sleep?).

2) Linda Gillard I first encountered Gillard as a published writer but she now self-publishes as she often find publishers want to pigeon-hole her books a bit. Her last 2 (possibly 3, although I have a feeling one had been published before?) novels were completely self-published (House of Silence, The Glass Guardian, possibly Untying the Knot), and her first three (A Lifetime Burning, Emotional Geology, Star Gazing) were ‘professionally’ published in the past. My favourite is A Lifetime Burning, closely followed by House of Silence.

3) That Day in September- Artie Van Why  this 9/11ir is incredibly moving without a shred of self-pity. It’s not easy to read in an emotional sense but it’s one of those types of books you should really give a try to. That Day in September was originally written as a play (which has been preformed off-Broadway) before it became a book.

4) My Dead Friend Sarah- Peter Rosch A crime/mystery novel with a bit of a twist, My Dead Friend Sarah follows a man who attempts to prevent the abduction and murder of a woman he has dreamt about. It’s a novel I can see appealing to a wide variety of readers and is one of the most professional self-published novels I have come across.

5) Pegasus Falling- William E. Thomas: essentially Pegasus Falling is a war novel, however it is more of a novel about the effects of war than about the war itself. There is also a love story element which has some messages about love. Pegasus Falling is the first book in The Cyprus Branches Trilogy, the second part It Never Was You is due out later this year.

6) 27- R.J. Heald This novel has an air of One Day around it which could make it very popular, but I actually preferred it. A perfect one for 20-somethings.

 

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12 responses to “Top 10 Indie

  1. Thanks very much for featuring my books in your Top Ten, Lucybird. 🙂 My last 3 novels were published by me as an indy author after my publisher dropped me. Ironically the indy novels have done a lot better than the 3 traditionally published books. HOUSE OF SILENCE became a Kindle bestseller.

    Can I recommend some more quality indy authors to you & your readers? Check out John A A Logan, Roz Morris, Orna Ross, Catherine Czerkawska, Joanne Phillips & Kathleen Jones.

    Awesome Indies http://awesomeindies.net/ is a useful “gatekeeper” site if you want to avoid the dross and find indy books that have already been vetted for quality. It’s quite tough getting a review on this site.

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  2. Nice to see Linda Gillard in your list, I love her novels.

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  3. Great list. I love reading Indie books. Although my Indie favorites keep getting picked up by publishers, so I guess they’re losing that Indie title, lol.

    My TTT:
    http://booksojourner.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-ten-tuesday-1-completed-ya-series.html

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  4. I haven’t read any of these authors but they look good 🙂 Love the promotion of indie authors!
    Top Ten Tuesday @ the Brunette Librarian

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  5. This is an awesome idea for a list! I haven’t read any of these authors, but I will definitely check them out!

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  6. Thanks Linda, I had some thought from somewhere that maybe you had had Tying the Knot published before, although I’m not sure where I got that idea from.

    Thanks for the link, I will check it out.

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  7. I’m glad you like Linda Gillard too. I actually didn’t discover her until I got into the online bookish community, it’s a shame. I am glad I discovered her before she became Indie though, otherwise I don’t know if I would have found out about her, Indie authors do have more trouble I think getting their work known, that’s why I think bloggers should really support indie authors.

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  8. I suppose that just shows you have good taste!

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  9. Thanks. You should check some of them out. I have read (and enjoyed) quite a few other indie authors, but these are my favourites

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  10. Thank you. Please do check them out, I think bloggers are a pretty strong way to get their names out there.

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  11. I really want to make an effort to read more indie authors. Thanks for the starting point!

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  12. Pingback: It Never Was You- William E. Thomas | Lucybird's Book Blog

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