Giving Indie Authors Their Due

October 10, 2011
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More than 25 years ago when I began interviewing authors for a major radio network I instituted a rule: no interviews with self-published authors.

Back then, in the ’80s. self-published, or “vanity,” books were typically badly written and poorly edited. Authors were often duped by unscrupulous “publishers” who took their money, printed a few books, and wished the author well.

But something began to change a few years ago.

Self-publishing began to take on a new respectability. Established authors began going “independent,” and large, reputable companies — including Xlibris, iUniverse, Lulu, CreateSpace, and others — made it easier for quality self-published works to make it to market.

One author has even sold a million copies of his self-published books.

And now with the explosive proliferation of ebook devices, readers’ appetites, especially for genre fiction, have exploded. Many of you hunger for new books, new authors.

Clearly the landscape has changed. So I’ve changed, too.

The Bookcast exclusively features interviews with indie authors.

You’ll meet the authors, and hear them talk about their books. You’ll also get to read portions of each book, as well as find out about similar books. We’re going to make it easy for you to discover, purchase, and enjoy the works of indie authors.

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