Who Will Be The Next Indie Author We Recognize For Excellence?

May 8, 2013
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We’ve got another big announcement coming, of interest to indie authors and their readers alike.

If you’ve been visiting The Bookcast for any length of time, you know the overall level of excellence of the books and indie authors we feature.

I take seriously the responsibility that many indie authors asked me to assume when I launched The Bookcast in fall 2011 – they asked me to be an arbiter, a curator, someone who could help sort the best from the rest.

Luckily the task of finding high quality books by indie authors has been easier than I anticipated. They, indeed, are finding me, and in growing numbers.

It soon became apparent that while the overall level of excellence is strong, a few books really stood out, and it was time to give those books and their authors special recognition.

The Bookcast Book of Exceptional Quality Honors Indie Authors

The Bookcast Book of Exceptional Quality

That’s why we launched The Bookcast Book of Exceptional Quality designation.

Our first winner was Christopher Ryan, for his gritty police procedural “City of Woe.” (Read our review here, and listen to our interview with Chris here.)

Now we are ready to name our next winner. Next week we will draw your attention to another author whose book is particularly good – truly a “book of exceptional quality.”

For me, the most rewarding part of choosing a book for this designation is that I have so many choices. It calls to mind the single most common question I get from people I meet, once they learn that I have been interviewing authors since 1985 (nearly ten thousand interviews). They invariably ask, “Do you have to read all those books?”

My answer is also invariable: “No, I get to read all those books.”

Terry Brooks with Bill Thompson

Terry Brooks with Bill Thompson

Interviewing, and recognizing, indie authors is fundamentally different from interviewing authors of traditionally-published books. Let’s be honest, Brad Meltzer, Terry Brooks, and Joyce Carol Oates really don’t need my help to sell books (although I’m flattered that all three nearly always spend time with me when they have a new book out). But recognition, publicity, and an honest appraisal by a knowledgeable media resource are like gold to an indie author.

When we make the announcement Monday, shout it to your friends. Because this book really deserves your support.

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