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Much has been said on how ebooks are changing revolutionizing the publishing industry for writers.

You know what? It’s independence time for readers, too!



Are you bored with the same old formulaic fiction coming out of the big publishing houses? Indie writers are here for you. Many, many, many indie writers are self-publishing books that bend the genre rules and many, many, many more will follow. { Like me 😉 }

Publishing house books are no longer your only choice. Thanks to the rapidly expanding indie market, your reading options are growing and growing fast – especially if you enjoy offbeat fiction. So, go ahead, pick up a fresh read that you choose.


Not enough selection at your bookstore? It’s simply a function of space – there’s a finite amount of it inside any building. That means bookstores can only carry so many books at a time. And, if you see something you like on the shelf, better pick it up while you can, because leftovers are sent back to publishers on a regular basis.

Virtual space, though, is unlimited. There’s room for lots of titles to stay as long as their copyright holders want them to stay – including best sellers and hot titles you may have missed in years past.


Don’t want to be caught by your kids reading something with a racy cover, or have your boss see that you’re reading the latest YA fantasy? No problem. Ereaders {including those on smartphones :)} conceal what you’re reading for complete privacy.

Those are just three ways ebooks give readers independence. I’m sure there are more. Chime in! I’d love to hear how ebooks have changed your reading habits.

Thanks for reading,

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there’s darkness and then there’s darkness

Is it ironic only to me that a column in the Wall Street Journal which bemoans the dark nature of some YA fiction advocates darkness of a different kind?

And, as if YA is any worse than the fairy tales I heard as a child. Hansel and Gretel anyone? Did it scar me and make me afraid of old women who live in cottages? Um, nope.

Yes, some YA topics are very dark, covering horrible real-life issues such as abuse, suicide and self harm. Just imagine how horrible those problems are for teens to deal with in real life. And just imagine how alone teens struggling with real-life darkness must feel.

Books, even books about darkness, enlighten and expose more of the world to those who are otherwise locked behind a wall of ugly ignorance. See a previous post.

My childhood was average – not perfect parents by far, but they weren’t the worst. Other kids aren’t that lucky. Books are sometimes the only way they get to see over the wall. Just as important, I feel, is that young adults and adults who are lucky enough not to live a nightmare know that others are in hell.

{Ooooo, I said HELL! Notice to adults: teens cuss. Oh, and don’t even get me started about sex and teens, and the way too many teens learn about relationships and human reproduction.}

Yes, the world can be a dark place.Yes, YA exposes the darkness. Darkness can NEVER get too much light and darkness can NEVER be too visible.

You know what’s darker to me? Silence.

I’m going to get back to working on my dangerous YA novel. The book has already received some push-back from a couple of betareaders, because horrors upon horrors it has a teenaged atheist heroine. The good news is that a few betareading slots have opened up … 😉

Thanks for reading,

Read other responses to the WSJ columnist.

Bloggers [Heart] Books
Ink Blots and Quills 
Cheryl Rainfield (Author of Scars, one of the books mentioned in the column)
Jackie Morse Kessler
Steph Su Reads

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