For a long time, Indie writers were virtually ignored by their backed-by-a-publishing-company peers. I always wondered if they were that far outside the grasp of everyday reality, or if they were just intimidated by the creativity of these self-published authors. It could be both, I’m no expert, I’m just a plain old middle-aged woman working 40 hours a week and aspiring to be….Indie.
I think the one thing that is wonderful about Indie authors, besides their brilliant writing, is their connection to their fans. They really appreciate their fans, and the fans love them right back. Indie authors are not above joining in the banter on their Facebook page, or participating in contests and donating “swag” from their current or past book series’. This makes the fans more emotionally invested in their work. They know they are appreciated. They’re more likely to review a book on a site like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads. Indie fans give reviews and promote their favorite authors with a fervor rarely seen these days, and Indie authors give back to their fans by way of appreciation and the occasional free offer, signed bookmarks, book posters, etc.
Indie is not just writing. Indie writers bring fans into a fantasy world, give them characters they still think about (or pine for) long after the book or series are through. They then keep those characters alive through blogs, Facebook, etc. This makes these books more of an interactive experience, which in turn keeps the reader’s attention until the next book comes out, but it also provides writers with a lot of information they’d otherwise not know. Fans aren’t afraid to voice their opinions on their beloved characters, and I think it really helps Indie writers make their wonderful books even better!