Authenticity and Honesty as an Indie Author

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A couple of things we shouldn’t be doing. Sometimes you’ll see an author comparing their writing to a famous writer in the actual blurb of their book, or worse still on the cover. Doing this in a blurb is actually against Amazon policy, so it’s not a good idea to begin with. Some Indies seem to think that by the mere presence of a bestselling author’s name, readers will be more inclined to buy their own book. Speaking as a reader all I can say about that is that if I want to read a book by J K Rowling I’ll buy one of her books. If a reader or reviewer on the other hand compares a book to the work of a famous author I’m a fan of, I might be tempted to buy it – that to me is a genuine compliment, but if it’s the author making…

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4 thoughts on “Authenticity and Honesty as an Indie Author

    danniehill said:
    January 29, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I totally agree with not comparing one’s writing, but it is nice to see a reviewer do it. One exception is when a writer submits their manuscript to an agent– they are expected to compare their writing to a well known writer.


    Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
    January 30, 2015 at 5:21 am

    A good point. I’ve seen it done, and it doesn’t impress me.


    Rajiv said:
    January 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

    You make a good point..


    Sue Dreamwalker said:
    January 30, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    You make a valid point Jo… And to be honest all the books I buy I do so because its what in their own covers that interest me..
    Sending you my thoughts over your way for a peaceful weekend..
    Special Hugs your way


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