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Initial post: Aug 23, 2009 9:14:35 PM PDT
LP says:
So I'm surfing my kindle store today and decided I wanted to support some self-published authors. First, let me say that Amazon is NOT doing a great job helping these people out. It would not be hard to have a category (i.e. Mystery, Fantasy, Dieting) for self published. I know there are readers like myself who would love to spend a few less dollars and maybe discover a new writer, or at least a good book or story.

I guess my suggestions to the self published out there would be to tag your work "self published" or "independent writer" or some such nonsense. Then again, I only read and don't write, so maybe that's not allowed somehow.

In any case, when I find you guys and gals, I will be sure to purchase some indie-fiction (sorry non-fiction peeps) AND write reviews because I understand that is helpful.

Good Luck!

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 9:19:40 PM PDT
Look here:

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 9:20:13 PM PDT
Blue Goddess says:
Here are a couple of links to help you out. Also, search for Chuck Austen, Irma Fritz, Ed Patterson, Timothy Mulder, Sondi Miller, just to name a few.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 11:49:29 PM PDT
Also, check out - quite a few self-published books in there ...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 12:07:29 AM PDT
Also take a look at Red Adept's profile and blog, she reviews lots of Indie authors!

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 4:51:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2009 5:33:54 PM PDT
Visit (The Book Bazaar) section where a lot of us post.

My Titles
Front Page News
Gold Star Wife
A Soldier's Love
A Different Tune

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 5:15:28 AM PDT
Lynn McNamee says:
@ Deanna

Thanks for the referral.


Yes, I review mostly Indie Authors. I have a blog that comes with a FREE 14 Day Trial.

Red Adept's Kindle Book Review Blog

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 8:18:42 AM PDT
On behalf of all self-published authors, I'd like to say thank you for your interest and support!

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 12:42:41 PM PDT
Karen McQ. says:
I second, The Book Bazaar, as a great place to find self-pubbed authors, (and some really wonderful readers). I'm one of those authors--these are my books: Easily Amused and Lies I Told My Children

Thanks for your support. I know I speak for a lot of writers when I say it's really appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 12:46:58 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 2:18:20 PM PDT
LP says:
Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the responses and hopefully others interested in the self published folks can take advantage as well. Good luck to everyone and as I said, I will definitely rate any self published authors I find on Amazon. Even a two star review is better than no review. Or is it?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 2:24:39 PM PDT
Ricky Sides says:
You may like my Peacekeepers series.

The Birth of the Peacekeepers.
The Peacekeepers, Some Gave All. Book 2. (The Birth of the Peacekeepers. Some Gave All.)
The Peacekeepers, Liberty or Death. Book 3.
The Peacekeepers, Eternal Vigilance. Book 4.
The Peacekeepers, Descent into Madness. Book 5. (Birth of the Peacekeepers.)

Hope you enjoy the reads.
Ricky Sides

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 2:52:10 PM PDT
LP says:
Hi Ricky. I'll buy anything for a buck! Thanks for pricing your first book so affordably. After I read it, I'll post a review. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 2:56:31 PM PDT
Ricky Sides says:
That would be great. I thank you. And by all means tag the book if you like.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 3:25:04 PM PDT
That's good of you, LPF. The Indy writers thank you for it. As it happens, I have a new fantasy in both print and Kindle formats. Kindle edition is only $1.99.
Quest for the Simurgh
Quest for the Simurgh

I previously published a memoir-type book of short stories based on my father's boyhood in West Texas during the Depression Era. It's not depressing! Being a rural setting, most of the stories involve animals in some way. It's out in Kindle, and three editions of print.
Tales of a Texas Boy
Tales Of A Texas Boy
Tales Of A Texas Boy: Large Print Edition

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 3:58:27 PM PDT
I can't resist the opportunity to push my books. I am grateful that you are willing to try indie authors.

The Enhancer is a fantasy about a world with an original kind of magic. The Slave of Duty is a also a fantasy with magical creatures. I wrote both of these with my mother. Both my mother and I like The Enhancer much better than The Slave of Duty, so if you are only trying one book of ours, The Enhancer is the one to buy. Each one is $.99

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 3:59:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2009 3:59:37 PM PDT

It would help if you told us what KIND of fiction you like. :>) Well besides fiction for a buck.

I've got a mystery/cozy out: Catch an Honest Thief (A Haven Mystery) (1.99)

And a bundle of short novellas, the first of which was published at Coyote Wild Magazine, the other two are Kindle exclusives.
Sage: Tales from a Magical Kingdom (1.00)

I've read a number of books that are under the 5 dollar category (I don't know whether they are indie or not) and all of us would likely be happy to make recommendations from specific genres if we know what you like.


Posted on Aug 24, 2009 4:02:51 PM PDT
Got an error message so I'll try again...

Here's a list of my indie titles:
J.D. The Plot to Steal J.D. Salinger's Manuscripts
The God Wars
From the Writer Half of My Being: Poems and Short Stories in Search of a Reader
The Absence of Color

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 5:40:12 PM PDT
LP says:
My favorite genres are literary fiction, fantasy (series especially like LOTR, Dragon Lance, Farseer, etc), and suspense. I go between the deep reading and the fun/escape fiction stuff. Occasionally something satisfies both, but I can appreciate an author embracing their work for what it is, rather than trying to throw deeper meaning into a tale about elves or space pirates. I really just wanted to start the thread in the kindle forum because I knew the self published books were available, but wasn't having any luck locating them, so again I thank everyone who responded.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 6:27:55 PM PDT
I have a book of short stories that has a little bit of everything. It's called Strange Times, although it is only available on the Kindle. It's only 99 cents until the end of August. Hope you can check it out.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 6:43:10 PM PDT
I have several indie titles in different genres. Perhaps there's something you might be interested in.
ya urban fantasy - Sojourner (Sojourner Trilogy) book 1
women's fiction - When Angels Cry
Science fiction - New Life Incorporated

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 6:53:29 PM PDT
Here's one I wanted to read, but haven't yet. It might fall into what you're looking for. It's got...well, you read the description.

Miss Kitty, Rocky and the Immortals

I'm pretty sure it quals as fantasy. At least. :>)


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2009 7:10:34 PM PDT
Ricky Sides says:
You might like my Brimstone and the Companions of Althea series. My partner Kathy Young and I wrote that series of nine books. We are eventually going to get them on Kindle. You can check out my website to see if that series interests you.

Ricky Sides

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 11:02:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2009 1:36:07 PM PDT
Karen McQ. says:
I posted earlier in this thread, but I have a new novel out now so I thought I'd bump it up.
A Scattered Life is available for $1.99.
Description: When free-spirited Skyla marries proper and predictable Thomas Plinka, she finally finds the love and stability she's craved since childhood. She also acquires a new family: mother-in-law Audrey, disapproving and suspicious of Skyla's nomadic past; father-in-law Walt, gruff but kind; and Thomas's brothers, sofa-bound Jeffrey, and Dennis, who moved across the country seemingly to avoid the family.

Skyla settles into marriage and motherhood, but quiet life in small-town Wisconsin can't quell feelings of restlessness. Then into her life comes Madame Picard, the local psychic from the disreputable bookstore, Mystic Books, and new neighbor, Roxanne, whose goal in life is to have twelve kids even though she can't manage the five she has. Despite her family's objections, Skyla befriends Roxanne and gets a job at the bookstore, and life gets fuller and more complicated than she ever imagined.

Exceptionally heartwarming and inevitably bittersweet, A Scattered Life is a story that will stay with the reader long after the last page is read.


Thanks LPF, for starting this topic!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2009 11:05:57 AM PDT
SerenityFL says:
Most stories involve animals in some just sold me. Thanks, Marva!
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