Saturday, June 4, 2011

Any Interest for an Indie/Self-Pubbed Spotlight Month?

I get quite a few review requests from self-published author, or authors with indie publishers. I don't mind this at all. In fact, I love being able to read a book, love it, then spread the word.

It seems to me that there are fewer and fewer blogs that will accept self-published books and I get that, I really do. But at the same time, there are so many books out there that are going to be missed or ignored because everyone is reading and reviewing books with the big publishers.

Now that BEA has passed, I'm overloaded with books from the big publishers (not complaining!) and I have to decline more and more requests.

So, to make up for this, I wanted to have a month to spotlight some self-published authors/books and books/authors from indie publishers. Do you like this idea? Are you interested in it? Should I scrap it completely?

I was hoping to get a few other blogs together to do this, that way we can spotlight more books/authors and spread the word some more. If there's interest, I'm looking at August as the IndieMonth.

So please, share your opinions! Let me know what you think and if you'd like to see reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways from some self-pubbed or indie authors.

I appreciate all your input!

*UPDATE - It looks like I'm going to try and pull this all together. Thank you all for your input!


Laura (The Zealous Reader) said...

I think it's an awesome idea!

So many bloggers shy away from self-published novels that maybe a feature like yours will give them an opportunity to see that not all indie books are the same. It'd be a great way to showcase some lesser known authors that deserve to be in the spotlight too.

I'd love to participate/help in any way!

Briana said...

I think that's a lovely idea! I'm in =) I actually don't understand why bloggers don't accept self-published. I've always wanted to ask that question lol.

~The Book Pixie said...

I say do it! It's a terrific idea and I know some great authors who I'm sure would love the extra publicity. So yeah, count me in! :D


BrittLit said...

It sounds like a lot of fun. I often don't accept self-pubs if there is little to no editing, because it bugs the crap outta me. If there was a feature that hi-lights books that are worth reading that would be great though!

ComaCalm said...

I'd definitely be interested in this!

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Candace said...

I think it's a great idea! I always feel bad cause I can rarely ever get to the self pubbed books. I've read some that were pretty good though! I'd be interested in participating if it's in August. I could maybe do a total of 4, maybe one a week for a month? At least of new ones. I have a few authors I've read that would probably be interested in being spotlighted.

Before I went crazy with all these events I was planning on spotlighting one a week. One author, I mean. But most of them were just doing guest posts with giveaways and I wasn't really able to get to all of the books to review.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thank you all for your comments and input! It looks like I'll be whipping this event together :)

If you said you were interested in helping out, I'll be contacting you in the next few days. Thank you all so much!!

Jennifer Snyder said...

As a self-published author with a novel which just came out on May 14th, I think this is a WONDERFUL idea! I'd love to do an interview or something!

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