Make this an Indie Author Holiday Season

Bookshelves 130If you’re part of a family that loves books, here’s a suggestion for how to do good while doing well this holiday season: spend a mere $10 on an Amazon gift card and tuck it in an envelope along with this web address:

As you probably know, there are more than 300,000 self-published books released every year. Many are wonderful, and many are, how to say delicately, not so good. Those that are good can be refreshingly so, and they are almost invariably cheap – the great majority are anywhere between free and $2.99; $4.99 tops.

So if you have someone on your gift list that loves to read but you don’t know what book to buy for them, giving them a $10 gift card instead will allow them to select anywhere from 3 to 10 great eBooks. At the same time, you’ll be supporting the same number of aspiring authors, each of whom has spent a great deal of time learning, honing and sharing their craft. Sounds good, right?

The question, of course, is how will the recipient know which books are not only Indie-authored, but also worth reading. That’s where that web address comes in, and the back story can be found in the welcome message of Paul Ruddock, who founded and maintains the site as his own gift to the Indie Author community. It reads in part as follows:

I’ve created this site and its sister Facebook group of the same name (see link at bottom of page) to promote mutual support among independent writers and authors by way of reading and providing honest and informative reviews of each other’s books. It’s all too easy to assume that a great book will be widely read and reviewed on it’s merits alone, but unfortunately, being a good writer doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with being a good marketeer, promoter, or publicist, and for that reason, I believe a lot of very good books aren’t getting the attention and readership they deserve. My hope is that as the number of members grows, that each member will read and review other members’ books, as well as passing on recommendations for other independently published books they may have read.

The rapidly growing Indie Author community participating at the site, and it’s companion Facebook page (where they learn match up to review each others books), is now over 140. Each of these writers has listed his or her books at the Indie Author site, where Paul has sorted them by genre – 17 categories in all, from Children’s Books through Young Adult to Erotica, with Thrillers, Paranormal/Horror/and Fantasy and much more in between.

Taken together, there are hundreds of books to choose from, with more being added all the time (disclosure: yes, my book is there as well). In each case, the recipient of your gift card will be able to link through to the appropriate Amazon page where they can read the reviews and make their selections.

So if you’d like to save yourself from that last frantic shopping jaunt, lower your carbon footprint, and help some dedicated and worthy people connect with new readers all at the same time, well, what are you waiting for? (Did I mention that web address?  Here it is again), and happy holidays to your and yours.

About Andrew Updegrove

I'm a cybersecurity thriller author/attorney that has been representing technology companies for more than thirty years. I work with many of the organizations seeking to thwart cyber-attacks before they occur.
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9 Responses to Make this an Indie Author Holiday Season

  1. Reblogged this on echoesofthepen and commented:
    Many thanks for the mention and recommendation. Not all the member’s books are listed yet, although many of the very best are, with more being listed each day as I become aware of them. Thanks Andy…

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  2. Cheers for the mention and recommendation. It’s good see many talented new authors gaining new readers and promotion. Thanks…


  3. Adam says:

    This is a fun idea. Of course…even better than a gift card is to give a recommendation, but if you can’t do that, showing them where they can find a great book to read is the second best plan.


  4. Great info, Andy, thanks! Have put in a friend request on FB, and signed up to follow the website page.


  5. Great to have you aboard over there, Adan. I think that you’ll enjoy the group (and we’ll enjoy having you there).

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  6. Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Tom Benson – Creative and commented:
    A wonderful and generous idea from a great author. I’m delighted to reblog it on one of my e-platforms for the benefit of all.


  7. Reblogged this on Felipe Adan Lerma and commented:
    This is really sorta reblogging two ideas / sites. Author Andrew Updegrove has a neat gift idea that would help readers and authors, and a review – exchange site he mentions appears to be a really good idea also. Hope you give the short post a quick look. Thanks everyone (smiles).


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