Every now and then I come across articles that help readers recognize “the signs” that a book is self-published/independently published, so that they don’t “waste” their time on badly written books by amateur authors. Like recognizing the soft spots on a bad apple.

And yes, that used to be a prevalent line of thought, and in some circles still is.

Fortunately for those of us who enjoy quality writing and heartfelt stories, self-publishing/independent publishers are no longer the last ditch effort of authors “who can’t get a real publishing contract”.

There are lots of reasons books/authors aren’t a good fit with a traditional, large publishing house. It isn’t necessarily the quality of the writing. Sometimes the storyline doesn’t fit in with the kind of books that publisher is putting out.

Perhaps the publisher isn’t willing to gamble on what might be the new Harry Potter, but that also might never sell enough to cover production cpsts.

Then there are other, maybe more personal reasons writers choose to self-publish. Like being able to set their own deadlines, or even to put out more books than a large publishing house would accommodate. Sometimes it’s about more creative freedom in decisions about cover art, titles, or marketing.

Sometimes authors choose both independent and traditional publishing, getting the best of both worlds.

Here are some of my favorite authors that also happen to have independently published some (or all) of their books (not necessarily the ones listed here):

“The Princess and the P.I.” by Angela Ruth Strong

“The Esther Paradigm” and “Carrington Family” Series by Sarah Monzon

“Dating by Design” Series by Jennifer Peel

“There You’ll Find Me” by Jenny B. Jones

“Sacred Bond Guardians” Series by Lee Tobin McClain

“Walker Family” Series by Melissa Tagg

“Count Me In” and “If She Dares” by Mikal Dawn

“A Matter of Trust” by Susan May Warren

“Better Than Fiction” by April W. Gardner (co-authored with Michelle Massaro)

“The Age of Faith” Series by Tamara Leigh

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What about you? Have you read any authors that are independently published?

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Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England.

In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing.

She wrote her first story at seven, an illustrated adventure about a troll girl retrieving her doll from the moon. The story was self-published in one copy, and most likely still exists in her mother’s attic.

Since then she’s written numerous stories, and now she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Austin writes inspirational romance, working her way toward publication one paragraph at a time.

Apart from all things bookish, her favorite past times include going on adventures with the-best-six-year-old-ever, hanging (more) twinkle lights around the house, or simply watching the waves roll in from the ocean.

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