Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Obscure Novelists like me

I ordered a Kindle today (Aug. 23, 2010) with the intention of using it to review novels by obscure indie writers like me. Two years ago, I set out to review such novels buying paper versions or printing them from online sites but only managed to do a couple before being hit by shingles in my left eye, which ended that undertaking for over a year.
Unfortunately, several of those novels proved to be dreadfully unreadable. Since I have a policy of only reviewing obscure novels that I enjoyed or could recommend, I didn’t bother writing about those.
I assume having a Kindle will make the reading of obscure novels a lot easier; I plan to focus my obscure novelist effort on free eBooks or those costing .99 cents or thereabouts.
Of course, I’ll continue to read and review the traditional novels that come into my possession either through purchase or gift. In the case of the traditionals, I usually focus on a particular aspect of the book—a great character, an interesting plotline, etc.—rather than providing a full fledged review since the usual newspaper, magazine and online reviewers are fulfilling that need.
As with everything, I Googled various takes on obscure novels to see what others might have written. The Googley results: 57 hits in “best obscure novels;” 24,000 in “obscure novels;” and 985 “obscure novelists.”

A suggestion: My novel, THE PENCIL ARTIST is available as an e-book on Smashwords, Kindle, and Barnes and Noble; as a paperback on Amazon.

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