Leaving aside the quality of my own independently published book (I have soooo lost sight of whether it’s good, bad, indifferent or all of these) I find in my own indie reading that I have come across nothing, so far, to which I would give the accolade of 5 stars. If something I’ve read is truly awful I just don’t review it or *-rate it at all. It seems unkind to give a single star to something the author has laboured over unless one is going to be helpful and go into constructive detais about what’s wrong with it. And for a * or ** book I just don’t have that kind of time available.
It does, however, seem to me that if indie publishing is going to take off properly and give the traditional publishers a run for their money *and*, crucially, authors a return on their hard work, then producing ***** books is essential. It’s true that not everything the traditional houses produce is either a ***** read, or produced to a ***** standard. But so far they’re still getting it right a lot more often than indie writer-publishers are.
It really surprises me how many indie books I read are repetitive, overwritten, cliched, contain stereotypical characters and over-used plot lines. We can write whatever we want, so why do we seem to be writing flabby pastiches of what everyone else is writing?
Indie writers will continue to be looked down on by those whose work is out with the traditional publishers as long as we produce this kind of work.
So the indie motto needs to become ‘quality first’, yes?
If you have written, or know of, a ***** indie-published book do please let me know about it.