Dec 08, 2016
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Amy Edelman

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RIP  |  

RIP David Bowie

One of my earliest memories was checking out my red glitter nail polish as my girlfriends and I tottered–in hot pants and 4″ high-heel wedges–down the hill towards the Tower Theater to hear David Bowie perform as Ziggy Stardust.

IR Book Review  |  

‘Sweet Crude’ Odyssey

By Alex Sochi


IR Rating

A Nigerian man with few opportunities enters the profitable-but-dangerous world of smuggling crude oil out of the Niger Delta for sale on the international market.

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New Blog!  |  

IR Launches New Blog for Authors

But where should IR’s authors go, the ones looking for more detailed info about writing, marketing and selling their books?

Opinion  |  

Equal But Different

Self published books should be separated from those of traditionally pubbed; not because they’re less than, but to make it easier for book-lovers to find what’s quirky and different and ahead of the trad pubbed curve.

Best Wishes!  |  

Happy Thankgiving!

From Amy and all the IndieReader Staff

Debate  |  

Indie Authors & Paid Reviews

Orna Ross from ALLi Joins the Debate

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In Lieu of a Sappy Email  |  

With a Little “Faith”

I like to think of myself as a hard-ass (despite the fact that I cry every time I watch “Elf”…that scene where they’re all singing in the Park just kills me).

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Observation  |  

Did Self-Pubbed Authors Invent “New Adult” Fiction?

While the mainstream media’s current mode of thinking is that self-pubbed authors are nothing more than trad pubbed wanna-be’s, unable to create something original, the evidence—at least in the case of the throbbingly hot New Adult fiction category—seems to point to a much different scenario.

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IR Interview  |  

5 Questions for the 2nd Indie Author To Break the Sound Barrier*

…er, whose book–The Revolution Was Televised–was reviewed by The New York Times

Correction  |  

Have Indies Finally ‘Arrived’?

Yes, they have repeatedly cracked The New York Times best seller list and are being picked up by traditional publishers for lots of money at a blindingly fast pace. But most mainstream media still won’t review their work. In other words, they are still not viewed as equal to trad pubbed authors (this, despite that fact that Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has just released a memoir by the 25 year singer, Ke$ha).

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News  |  

The New York Times (Finally!) Reviews a Self-Pubbed Book

After featuring them on their best seller lists—mostly via the inclusion of ebooks a little over two years ago—The New York Times has finally reviewed a self-published book.

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Remembrances  |  

Sandy, the Oceans are Rising Behind Us…

A lifetime of Jersey Shore memories.

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News  |  

50 Years of the Playboy Interview

Scores of men (including my father) claimed they only read Playboy for the interviews. Not that I ever believed him.

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Editor's Bitch  |  

Everybody Pays for It

Paying for book reviews is not just the pervue of indie authors. Traditional publishers not inclined to paying outright for services find other, more socially acceptable ways of racking up positive reviews. There are fancy lunches and plenty of swag.

Editor's Bitch  |  

You Have to Kiss Us if You Want to Fuck Us

Fifty Shades is not “just the latest reminder of what makes the publishing industry important.” It’s a reminder that those who can’t figure it out for themselves are more than happy to take credit for those who can.

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News  |  

Indie Book Makes Cover of the NYTimes Book Review!

The fact that Eggers happens to have “established” McSweeney’s Books—responsible for publishing the title that the Times reviewer calls, “a kind of Death of a Globalized Salesman’, alight with all of Arthur Miller’s compassion and humanism”—is casually mentioned on the inside page, as if writing and self-publishing a great book was a regular occurrence.

Which, we’re here to tell you, it is.

News  |  

Seth Godin: Self Publishing No More

While Seth’s means for gaining funding and determining advance interest was unusual, in the end the siren call of traditional publishing, proved too strong to resist.

IR Book Review  |  

Rebooting My Brain

By Maria Ross


IR Rating

In her memoir, Rebooting My Brain, Maria Ross writes about life before, during, and after a brain aneurysm that hit her unexpectedly in 2008.

IR Interview  |  

Seth Godin Reinvents Publishing (Again)

The notion of ‘self published’ changes when the author has the relationship with readers. In this case, I think I’m getting the control and leverage to do what I want without taking the risk of printing up a bazillion books and putting them into stores.

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IR Book Review  |  

Death with Dignity

By Robert Orfali


IR Rating

Death with Dignity is author Robert Orfali’s passionate and persuasive argument for legalized physician-assisted dying, based on personal opinion and experience and extensive research into the debates and issues revolving around this controversial issue.

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IR Interview  |  

John Locke on the Big Problem (Still) Facing Indies

“…despite the enormous progress indies have made, we’re still being cock-blocked by traditional media.”

Editor's Bitch  |  

Same Book, Different Day

We can say with absolute conviction: It’s not that there aren’t great indie books out there. It’s that the traditional media is all blind, deaf and mute to their existence.

IR Book Review  |  

Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe

By Peter Hetherington


IR Rating

“Unvanquished” is an important and majestic biography as complex, as engrossing, and as important as its subject. It’s required reading for anyone who wants to understand all of Europe as well as Poland.

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IR Interview  |  

Fred Stoller on his “Seinfeld Year”

Yes, I’m well aware the Seinfeld aspect did help get it attention. That show might be the biggest sitcom of all time.