I recently self-published a science-fiction novel, but no one seems to want to give it a chance because I openly admit that I'm an indie author. The amount of indie bashing that goes on bothers me, because I worked very hard to create my book. People assume that because it's been edited by the author, it hasn't been properly edited. This is not true for all indie authors. Some of us spend years perfecting our craft. I went back to school in my 30s in order to hone my writing and editing skills. I took only one creative writing class, and only because the teacher was a published and respected author. The rest of my courses were literaure and language courses. I graduated with a 4.0 and a Master's in English, and I was editor in chief of the university's undergraduate research journal. I think this qualifies me to edit my own work.
People don't understand how difficult it is for new authors to get their work noticed. They complain that we shamelessly self-promote, but we don't have anyone else but ourselves to promote our books. If we don't self-promote, we don't get promoted.
If anyone knows how I can promote my book so that people will read it and leave customer reviews, please let me know. I'm tired of getting bashed for being independent.
By the way, my kindle novel will be free for download Wednesday, May 23rd, if anyone wants to review my editing skills.
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