For any new author, trying to establish an audience is one of the most difficult things we face. Before the age of self-publishing through Amazon, B&N et al., if you weren’t picked up by a publisher then getting your work in front of people was a very difficult and time-consuming process. Nowadays, anyone can write a novel and have it visible to the public in moments.
The downside of that, of course, is a massive increase in competition. Instead of a shop with hundreds of books vying for readers’ attention, there are hundreds of thousands on Amazon. It’s a bookstore of near-infinite shelves, and if you’re not at the front table, it’s a journey you have to persuade your customers to make.
The Light of Dark: Leah, Tobias, Bethany, Jesse Box Set by D. Gail Miller
“What’s that you say? A piece of Christian fiction about members of an Amish community fighting against a world-wide conspiracy in the End Times? Count me in!” was exactly what I didn’t say when The Light of Dark boxset entered my ‘to review’ pile. But you know what? Despite a few issues, it won me over.
The Colony, by RMGilmour
Lydia is a broken woman weighed down by grief and trauma, both mentally and physically. Then one day she starts hearing a voice in her head claiming to be a person called Jordan from another plane of existence. At first she dismisses it, but then it won’t go away and she feels strangely drawn to it, his presence making her feel whole again. After a while Jordan explains to Lydia that he can bring her to him, and before she knows it she’s on a strange world outside a walled city she can’t enter. Continue reading
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a voracious reader, but like many people, I tend to stick to my favourite few authors and personal recommendations from friends. All from major publishers, of course!
That was until a few months ago, when as part of my membership of BooksGoSocial, I joined a review club and started reading indie books. I’ve not touched a traditionally published book since.
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
by Exo Books
Captain Lincoln is the retired commander of a highly advanced space ship slowly making its way towards a new planet. It’s a journey which will take generations, and the crew are custodians for the vessel and the advanced AI which runs it. Continue reading
The Mylean people have a problem; their planet is doomed due to a clash of galaxies. Fortunately, their most brilliant scientist, a being called Tanaka, has an audacious plan to save them. If they can’t move their population to a new world, then they’ll move the whole planet instead to a new star system.
Advance (Advanced Industries book 1) by K A Duggsy
Advance is pitched as a ‘dystopian romance’ novel, which is an interesting mashup of genres. I have to admit that while I’m fairly familiar with dark futures, romance is a genre I don’t usually dip into, outside the occasional Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock comedy. So, did it work? Read on to find out!