Readers browsing Amazon’s online book store (the Kindle store) for their next read will make their purchasing decisions based on several factors. The cover has to be attractive. The book description should be compelling. And then there are reader reviews. A book with seven reviews is likely going to be perceived as less interesting than a book with seven HUNDRED reviews. The latter will be perceived as one where readers are heading in droves in pursuit of a great and wonderful story, whereas the former–the book with seven reviews–will be perceived as one read only by the author’s mother and a handful of friends.
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Readers of my blog know I am an emerging advocate of independent authors of literary fiction. A few months ago, I published a post called Tearing Down the Wall: Why the Literary Community Should Embrace Indie Authors. In that post, I decried the resistance of the traditional literary community to independently published works of literary fiction.
Well, so now that I’m done bitching about the problem, it’s time to act. So I’m about to try an experiment and I hope that independent authors of literary fiction will help by playing a role.
I’m launching a survey in which my goal–my AMBITIOUS goal, I should clarify–is to publish an epic roundup post highlighting 75 independent authors of literary fiction.
Why 75 authors? Why not 75? It’s certainly more than anyone will find in Amazon’s Kindle store.
Read on to learn more.