Part of my blog post is probably going to piss a few people off. I’m sorry in advance, and want you to know that I’ll still love you if you disagree with what I have to say—it’s not personal, it’s sensible. I have an opinion and I’m not afraid to wave it around occasionally.
So, firstly, the non-offensive part—what’s the latest news from my journey with Shadows of the Realm, you may ask (or maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway). Yesterday I visited a super cool, exists-in-the-real-world, fantasy/sci fi/horror bookshop—Infinitas in Parramatta (in Sydney) where I nervously presented my book to the owner, Tim. I have to admit, he was not blown away like I was hoping, but he agreed to take two of my books, which is awesome!
Tim has been in the book business a long time and he has seen a lot of indie books recently, many of them not up to scratch, so I’m lucky he gave mine a go. I know where he’s coming from, because many indie books I read have not been edited, nor proofread, and while it’s common to have a few (and I don’t mean a lot, I mean a few) typos, it’s disheartening when grammar and punctuation have been neglected in the author’s attempt to entertain us with their genius.
Why do some authors think it’s ok to do only half a job, when they wouldn’t do it at their 9-5 profession—imagine going to the mechanic and he takes the engine apart and decides he’s had enough. Treat it like a business, because your reader is not an idiot, and while you won’t fire yourself, a reader probably won’t come back for the second book if the first was a disaster.
I guess I’m having a little whinge because it’s been damn hard to get my book into shops. Everyone needs to read it first to make sure it’s not more suited to cleaning number twos in the bathroom. Why is this? Is it because my book looks like crap? No, because I have an awesome cover, done by a professional. Is it the fact that I look stupid when I turn up, because I’m wearing a clown suit and have a fish shoved up my nose? No. It’s because indie authors have a bad name, as a lot (and I’m not saying all because there’s some very professional and talented ones out there) only do half the job. The rest of us get battered with the same crumbs so it’s super duper hard to get anywhere.
Anyway, enough whinging from me. I’d like to say thanks again to Tim, I really appreciate the shelf space in Infinitas. I have my fingers crossed that some lucky reader will notice it and do something earthshattering—buy it. I’ve also managed to get my book into a library and a school, with more shops and school libraries currently considering it, so I’m kinda happy. To all those indie authors out there who work hard to put out the best product they can—you are awesome and I salute you :).