It cannot be that they are unaware of the indie movement. When you read the posts, you’d surely think that indies don’t exist. The reason has to be found someplace else. I guess if you don’t talk about them, they will go away. Not on your tintype, Tommy!
One of my recent disappointments was in the otherwise excellent post from www.Bookreporter.com, www.ReadingGroupGuides.com, www.FaithfulReader.com, and www.AuthorsOnTheWeb.com. I have been a reader of several of these websites’ post for an extended time. It never dawned on me that the articles were from the perspective of the Big Five Publishers. Since I have my novel, The Tipping Point: A Wainwright Mystery being released on April 30th, I wanted it submitted for review. I selected on of the above sites and that is when I read this:
Please note that at this time we do not review eBooks, POD Books and other self-published titles as we only offer books that are available with wide distribution offline as well as online.
That is not ignoring Indies, it is a flat out rejection of Indies. Why would that be? Surely not for the reason stated. Most indie publishers do have wide distribution. Indie books can be found across the US, Canada, and the UK, but also in Australia, China, Japan, India and Indonesia and countless others countries. In fact, the British website http://www.ebookbargainsuk.com/ tracks book resellers who sell indie publications. Their database of major dealers from around the globe contains hundreds of companies with thousands of dealer outlets selling indie books. Their stores are located in countries from Albania to Zimbabwe. You want wide distribution? Indies have wide distribution — in spades. Give me a break!
So then I must assume that the reason these websites ignore Indies is due to one of two possible reasons. Either they are owned by trad. Publishers or are paid to do their bidding. In either case, fairness and objectivity are out the window. I, for one, do not want to read biased news and announcements that are sponsored or influenced by those who consider my chosen profession to be unimportant or irrelevant. But if these publications chose to treat Indies as they do, then the solution for me is simple. UNSUBSCRIBE ME!