My history with indie publishing is a bit shaky, in that I’ve read a lot of really bad self-published books. I know there are plenty of good ones out there though, and I’m hoping that this challenge will help expose me to some of those excellent indie authors, and it will mean I make good use of my Kindle (when it arrives anyways, which is not for a few weeks yet, as well as giving me a good idea of how it’s done, seeing as I am planning on indie publishing Mocha Nihilism next year.
So, if you are an indie author who thinks I should check out their stuff, let me know! And if you have some fav indie authors, then feel free to make suggestions.
How to play:
The goal is to read 24 indie longer-length pieces of fiction in a year, according to the following guidelines:
- Each story must be written by a different author, and the first letters of the authors’ surnames must make up the entire alphabet (ie, one author whose surname begins with A, one with B, one with C….)
- You do not need to read in alphabetical order.
- Re-reads, ebooks, ongoing serials — any long-length fiction counts. For serials, you must read the entire backlog.
What doesn’t count: individual short stories.
- Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.
- No need to list your stories in advance. You may select as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
- Crossovers from other reading challenges count.
- Challenge begins January 1st through December, 2011. Webfiction started before the 1st do not count.
- Sign up by leaving a comment below with the direct link to your post where your progress will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other readers can find this fun challenge.
- You don’t need to review your books, although it’s strongly encouraged.
I’ll be setting up a page soon to keep track of how I’m doing. I think it’s going to be fun filling up my list and exposing myself to some new writers. I have been devouring books lately, and want to continue the trend!