Hello insecure writerly folks 🙂 I’m back from my travels and exhausted. I’m also unwell. Seems every time I visit the UK I come home flu-y (and my hubs isn’t well either).
Today, I’m supposed to discuss my writing insecurities, and as always I have a shed-load. But instead of moaning on about those, this month I’d like to suggest to all Indies a great place – The IndiePENdents.
Let no talent be lost to the chaos of the publishing explosion: that is the cri de coeur of IndiePENdents.org, “an association of self-published authors, editors, proofreaders and others interested in the future of literature” founded, in his 91st year by reader and writer, Jasha Levi.
IndiePENdents.org “evaluates independent books and recommends those that meet our basic standards of writing” and wants to take indie writing to libraries and media reviewers.
ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) invited Jasha tell folks more about it and here are my chosen snippets:
JASHA LEVI said:
- A main complaint about many self-published books is that they are “crap.” We are compiling a list of self-published books that we have determined to meet our standards and that we therefore believe are NOT “crap”, but are as good as any books published by the major publishing houses.
- Our goal is to separate the well-written from the badly-written books.
- The award of a Seal of Good Writing goes to titles that meet these basic, objective standards, established by a membership plenum in the most democratic of ways, applied in cyberspace by majority vote.
- The indiePENdents.org became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in December 2012. As stated in our articles of incorporation, we evaluate self-published titles without fee, and no officer is paid.
- In serving the cultural needs of our society, we need partners and we believe our cause is worthy of support.
- Our arguments are:
- Publishers are abandoning the role of literary scouts. We are taking it on.
- Multinationals spend thousands of dollars to reach the public. They vouch for the quality of the books they print, but choose only those they consider as sure moneymakers. This forces many writers to self-publish.
- Independent authors don’t have the same financial ability to reach the eyes and ears of the public.
- Without the word of traditional gatekeepers, librarians and readers have no way of knowing if a self-published book is any good. We intend to change that.
For the full article CLICK. To contact The indiePENdents, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is our goal to promote and support independent publishing, to establish widespread standards to elevate the quality of independently published works, and to help eliminate valid cause for negative perceptions of independently published books based solely on their publishing provenance.
So, what’s this got to do with IWSG? Or me, for that matter? Well, I’m an indie publisher and I just received the following in my email box this morning:
Dear Shah Wharton
Congratulations! Your book has received a winning vote and has been awarded the indiePENdents’ Seal.
Please email us your mailing address so that we may send you your certificate and your seals.
Again, congratulations and thank you for submitting your book for our review.
PS And you might like to read this note from one of your evaluators: I was delighted at the sheer perfectness of the layout and formatting. It’s been a long time since I saw a book that was so carefully done. 🙂
Is it an Oscar or a Pulitzer? Nope. Is it the New York Times emailing to beg me for an interview? Nope. Did it make me grin and give me a butterfly or two? Hell-yeah!
I await my Seal with glee. Not sure what to do with it. Frame it? Take a picture and post it on my sidebar (whoops, couldn’t wait – see 😀 )? Find a way of using it on the book cover – or is that going too far? Quote the evaluator’s comment on Amazon Editorial Reviews, perhaps? Suggestions please. All I know is that indie published authors have to try that much harder to be taken seriously, and IF organisations such as IndiePENdents.org can help support us with their Seal, I’m all in. Especially as mine’s in the post.
What are your thoughts kind readers? Are you and IndiePENdent?
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PS: Some of you may have noticed I began then ended a promo for KDP 1st April (and I thank you all for sharing – you are awesome!). There’s a long a loathsome story behind this, but I had to cancel/postpone the promo. It was a nightmare which I’d rather not think about: I’m all about the sunshine and apple blossoms (and Seals of approval) right now. I would fill you all in, but it would mean being crappy to someone else and that’s so not my style. We all make mistakes (I know I do!) after all. X