Indie Book Blowout Begins

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingThis is it people, the day we’ve all prepared for. Some of you thought I was crazy for insisting we run blog drills every Monday and Thursday for the last three years… (slap, slap)

Ahem. The next 12 days represent a splendid opportunity for any of you who may be looking for striking $0.99 eBook deals to either read personally or to bequeath to a loved one. A gathering of over 200 Indie novels and nonfiction eBooks are constituting the Indie Book Blowout’s 12 Days of Christmas sales event spectacular (otherwise known as IBB12DCSES).

I’ll probably be attached to a car battery for telling you this, but hey, it’s just the kind of guy I am. Not every book in the sale is a home run. Heck, my book is in the sale, and it’s a ground rule double at best. (Lousy drunk fan with a novelty hand…) But there are books in every genre, and the Kindle store allows you sneak a peek using the free sample (if you like ┬áme and too cheap to gamble $0.99 without tasting the goods first). A good number of the books in this sale are awesome (not even I will risk naming names. I think my wife and I are done having children, but still…)

But there is more!

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Adopt an Indie?

What is more American than to be independent? (Honestly I don’t even believe in being independent in most areas of life, with the notable exceptions of continence and sin.) But when it comes to my professional writing career I couldn’t be more dependently independent.

The month of November, this 2011, shall forever be remembered as “Adopt an Indie” month. What exactly does that mean, you may ask. Well, you see, independents like me aren’t really so independent.

We rely on an army of followers for one. Plus, we depend on creative consultants, technical experts, retentive editors, supportive family and friends, etc.

What’s an Indie?

Discontents NovelThe first thing I envision when I hear the word “Indie” is Harrison Ford in a burning bar coming to the rescue of that chick. (you know, the “Indie!” chick). But these days the word Indie is flopped around like so many portly bellies at a drunken, backyard Slip and Slide party.

So what pray tell exactly is an “Indie?” (See examples here and here. This is where I’m going with all this. Save yourself the grief. Skip the blog post and check out this great sale of Indie books.) Most simply it is an independent artist. An independent artist is actually a leech on society, dependent on everyone and their parakeet to throw him or her crusts from their peanut butter and jelly. But in this case the independent part means the artist has shucked off the chafing restraints of the medium’s traditional gatekeepers.

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