For anyone doubting the quality of self published work, they need look no further than Romi Moondi. I discovered her by accident. New to Smashwords as both a self published wannabe and an e book reader (I swore I would never convert, but you try lugging books around on a motorcycle, not counting the quality of trade ins, and see how fast you sell out to a wireless device that holds an entire library with replenishments a wireless connection away!) I wanted to try some freebies first.
Since I am working on travel accounts first, I did a search for freebies under travel in Smashwords. Most, even though they were free, did not appeal. This did not bode well for self publishing. But Moondi’s Awkward Memoirs From Actual India had a good looking cover and a description that intrigued. (So yes, even “free” means you need to invest some time, because my time itself is worth money to me. I live with a German don’t forget.)
I was hooked. She had me snorting out loud. And forking over my money for The Book Of Awful.
You know a book is going to be great when the first line (which is a dedication) has you giggling already:
To my parents: for not letting me wear a real bra or whorish makeup ‘till age eighteen, and for keeping me in the house after dark…for AN ETERNITY. All that time not dating helped me realize I like to write. Thanks.
The rest of the book goes on to help readers feel better by showing them how much worse life could truly be. Sometimes the humor is twisted, but it is always laugh out loud.
I can not wait until her Year Of The Chick comes out.
And if you are debating free, take Neil Gaiman’s wise words into account, free is like getting a book out of a library, or borrowing from a friend. It can introduce your work to readers who otherwise would have been afraid to fork out the cash. (And yes Gaiman is on the list of author’s whom when I met in real life I creeped out by going all weirdo speechless around. Lucky for me his creepy and awkward fans rank in the thousands, and I blend in, unlike other authors I wont mention).
In my defense authors are like movie stars to me!