Thanks to Rachel Thompson for inviting me to guest blog on this wonderful site. I found out about Indie Book Collective on Twitter. I think it’s great that there is such a site dedicated to promoting and celebrating the work of indie authors. As some of you may know, I am a resident author and moderator on message board http://www.bestsellerbound.com which is the brain child of Darcia Helle (author of Enemies & Playmates & The Cutting Edge). Bestsellerbound is a place where Indie writers (which includes self-published and small press authors) can meet and chat with each other and their readers. It’s also a place where readers can find out more about the creative and publishing process direct from the authors, and we hope that when readers understand that indie authors are passionate and dedicated, they will be willing to try reading new authors and not only those on the mainstream bestseller lists.
My day job is as a solicitor, and I began writing novels and stories about 15 years ago. When I was made redundant a couple of years ago, I started to concentrate more on my writing and quickly realised that as an independent author it is so important to connect with other writers and assist each other with promotion. I discovered a whole new world of writers that I would never have heard of if I’d not been networking online. Reading was my first love before writing, and I used to read all the bestsellers, or books available at my local bricks and mortar stores. In the past couple of years, as I’ve been promoting my own books online and meeting other indie authors I have discovered some real gems, some of the best books I’ve ever read. Most of these books are destined to only sell a couple of copies a year and never see their way onto a bookstore’s shelf and that makes me sad.
With Bestsellerbound, we’re on a mission to raise the profile of indie writers as we all feel very strongly that there should be a level playing field where mainstream and indie fiction exist in unison. All books deserve to be read.
We are currently running a campaign to try to catapult Darcia Helle’s book ‘The Cutting Edge’ to the top of the kindle bestseller charts. We have a facebook page which explains the campaign.
Basically on the 20th December 2010, we will be asking people to download Darcia Helle’s book on kindle for $0.99 in the US, which will translate to about £0.71 in the UK. If enough people download the book it will go to #1 on that day and we will have the satisfaction of knocking a mainstream author’s book off the top of the charts at least for one day. The campaign is designed to show that indie authors are very good at marketing as well as publishing their work, and will hopefully have a knock-on effect showing that indie authors are a force to be reckoned with in the publishing industry.
Bestsellerbound.com was devised after years of frustration, where we found that as indie authors no matter how good our books are and no matter how many people love them and give us 5 star reviews, somehow our books are seen as inferior to those published by the large publishing houses. At Bestsellerbound, we know that there are many wonderful books out there that are being ignored because no one knows about them. We are trying to change that and bring indie authors out into the spotlight.
Anyone who has been following Bestsellerbound’s discussions will know that I recently wrote an unplanned online short novella with Jason C McIntyre (author of ‘On The Gathering Storm’ and ‘Shed’). The story was such a hit with the readers that we are now preparing to release it as a free ebook and do a blog tour where characters from the book are interviewed on different blogs. One of the characters has already got his own Twitter and Facebook account. This joint project is a lot of fun and shows just what indie authors can do when they put their minds together.
Please come and chat with us on bestsellerbound if you’re an indie writer or a book lover looking for more books to read. We’d love to see you there.
All proceeds from the Campaign will go to Darcia’s local church who run a food bank to provide food for the homeless and poor.
Maria lives in London, England, and works as a solicitor. She writes modern contemporary fiction: novels and short stories, and has published 5 books.
You can find more about Maria and her books at http://www.mariasavva.com