September 7, 2017 by Carmel
I read an article recently that suggested books published by independent authors, if they can make it into a bricks and mortar book store at all, should be in a different section from traditionally published books. The author of the article also said that books should reach a certain level of sales before they can be considered good enough to sell in a book store.
I have to agree that there are a lot of manuscripts that get rushed into publication which really aren’t ready for public consumption, but putting labels on books basically saying ‘standard’ and ‘substandard’ simply because of the way they were published seems like a backward step.
The problem with quantifying success due to the number of books sold is that it assumes that amazon is the only sales outlet. It does not take into account the number of paperbacks sold at book launches, guest speaking events and through books stores and mailing lists. The number of reviews is also subjective as not everyone who reads a book will post a review, yet they may have loved the book.
You can tell from the first paragraph of a book whether it is well written or not. I don’t think you need to label books ‘trad’ or ‘indie’. Readers can work it out for themselves.