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Today I wanted to talk about something I think I have been wanting to approach for a while and wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to talk about and to be honest I have no clue how this post will go (HAHA) I am just winging this because I was going to discuss spooky books but I think I might wait to do that one for next week and this topic has been on my mind a TON lately and I would really love to know all of your opinions on this matter.
So Trad vs. Indie—today I am specifically referencing books that are traditionally published vs. Indie (self-published works) and what should we be reading and how much of each and the trends that have been happening lately in both markets. I do think that there is a market for BOTH but I will say that I have really found so many gems among the Indie market of late. I have noticed in the past couple of years a certain trend to be happening among traditionally published works. I think we all have our reasoning for why we choose certain books. As many of you have come to realize I MOSTLY read traditionally published works. For me it’s the COVERS, you can say what you want about traditionally published books but their covers are normally done so well. I am a cover whore and I am not ashamed to admit that. And some indie covers I see I don’t understand….they can be so cringe at times and I don’t understand some authors haha but with certain genres like historical, there just isn’t much of a market for indie covers for self-pub authors that write historical, unlike another sub-genre like contemporary whose indie covers sometimes are way better than traditionally published works. I do think covers play a big role though and is why indie authors tend to struggle more if their covers aren’t good. Because a pretty cover will draw readers more than anything else will.
Now I do think when we talk about the quality of writing, I think this is subjective. Because it really depends on what you are looking for in a romance or in a book in general. Lately, I have noticed that there is much more freedom that I think authors have if they write indie versus traditional. It may just be my opinion, but I wouldn’t be surprised if publishing houses are being more strict on what authors can write in their books which is why we have seen so many switch from traditional to indie. I could be wrong of course, but I just haven’t been that impressed with the traditional books (except for my favorite authors) that much. They just aren’t packing a punch like they used to have and also some of my favorite sub-genres in romance are being neglected by publishing houses and I will in the future be stretching into indie romance because of this. I don’t care for the romantic comedies coming out because I personally don’t care for the covers and don’t trust them (because many are false advertising and I hate not knowing if I am getting an actual romance or not–and NO Beach Read isn’t a romance haha or its a romance for those that don’t read romance on a regular basis) I do want to explore the indie market much more though, I really have to get over the look of the covers (but some of them are so bad sigh) but some of my favorite books have been indie-published so I really need to be more objective and try new blood. Because I have become so bored with some of the traditionally published books I have been reading and just want to expand my horizons a bit more.
Also, I do think that traditionally published authors have much more security than say indie authors have. Now I think some indie authors CHOOSE to be indie, some of them could easily be traditionally published authors but I think they make the decision not to go that route. But I do think it’s good to understand the book publishing industry and understand the vast differences between the two. I do try to support indie authors (if I really love them) by pre-ordering their books, buying their books in print and digital, and helping to promote their work a bit more. But I do think there is much more work that indie authors have to do rather than traditionally published authors do. And some of them work so hard to get the results.