***** Indie Books

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.

Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed.

4 thoughts on “***** Indie Books

  1. I think traditionally published books have it better because they’ve got a whole crew of people behind them, whereas self-published books mainly have the author and nobody else. It’s up to the author to play the roles of many people, which can be overwhelming and may put him/her at a disadvantage.

    I have self-published book myself, and while I don’t think it’s all that great, it has maintained a rating of 4.44 stars for a while on Goodreads, so I guess I must have done something right? xD


    1. Absolutely, Zeinab. It reminds me irrestibly of the good old bad old days when we girlies had to be twice as good as the men to be considered half as good by the world in general. It is that all over again for indie authors. And this time the men aren’t immune!

      There is editing and marketing expertise out there, but none of us has any money to hire it in. We could form collectives – and I do think there’s mileage in that – but we’re all so busy writing, earning a living and having some kind of family/social life that we don’t have time to (eg) read and make thoughtful comments in detail on others’ work.

      What do others think?


  2. ***** indie book found!

    ‘Dead is the new black’ by Christine DeMaio Rice is about murder in the New York fashion industry. It is feisty, fast-paced and full of interesting information about the world it’s set in. You come to care about the characters who are skillfully drawn (although, as in ‘Ugly Betty’ and’The devil wears Prada’, some of them aren’t very likeable).There is a satisfying conclusion that this reader didn’t see coming (and I can spot most of them at a considerable distance). A ***** book


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