Stepping into the world of self-publishing
In the month since I first started using WordPress, I have come across many, many blogs belonging to self-published writers and I quickly became astounded by the number of such websites. I have also come to realize something else: over the last few years, the self-pub market seems to have grown massively. The fact that this surprised me, I suppose, just goes to show how ignorant I’ve been on the matter.
Would I ever consider self-publishing for my own work? Probably not. I’m not even close to writing something publishable yet, but if I’m ever happy with one of my works then I would still rather go through the traditional channels. I will almost certainly elaborate on this in a future post, but suffice to say I have my reasons.
As a reader, however, I think that independent authors should be given a chance. It has become increasingly clear to me that many such writers work just as hard – if not harder- than those who have gotten their books out via traditional means. Furthermore, it must be said that traditional publishers are not necessarily the seal of quality that people think they are. Ever read a book that was so bad you wondered how it got published? Exactly.
With all that said, I’ve decided to put all preconceptions to one side and to give some indie books a shot. To this end I have recently acquired several ebooks through promotional deals, and these are going to make up my reading list for the next few months. Needless to say, I’ll be posting reviews of each and every one of them on this blog – and probably on other websites, too.
First up under the microscope is Infinity’s Reach, by Glen Robinson. This book’s blurb can be seen below.
Life was pretty simple for Infinity Richards as a teenager in a private school in Baltimore. Then she woke up to discover that she’d spent the past two years in a prison camp.
Now she and her friends are faced with a trek across a forbidding landscape scarred by a surprise nuclear attack on the United States. Their journey will lead them past hot zones, warlords, “crazies,” occupying Coalition forces and an assortment of allies and foes.
It may take her years to get to Camp Zion in the West where her father is reorganizing American forces to take back their country. But in the meantime, her journey across apocalyptic America will turn her into someone stronger, smarter and more courageous than she ever imagined she would be. More than three centuries ago, John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, second only to the Bible in readership. Now Infinity’s Reach revisits the challenges and lessons of the original Pilgrim’s Progress in a totally new and exciting setting.
As of writing, I have read through the first chapter. My opinion up to now has mostly been positive, though it is of course far too early to predict how things will turn out. Expect a full review within the next few weeks.
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