Update 16/04/2021: Tales from Absurdia will be covering mostly indie & self-published books. However, there are some non-indie books I wish to share with my audience.
As of January, 2021, Tales from Absurdia will be pivoting reviews towards the independent and self-publishing sectors.
More and more authors are looking beyond the traditional means of publishing. So, I want to highlight the success stories in the indie and self-publishing spheres, whilst helping readers navigate what is fast-becoming a saturated marketplace.
This will take the form of informative articles, honest reviews, helpful resources, and hopefully a few interviews along the way.
What this means in practice
The majority of book reviews published after 1st January, 2021 will be from small presses, independent publishers, and self-published authors.
My review policy remains largely unchanged – Tales from Absurdia is a trusted, independent voice in the book world.
If a book is phenomenal, it will be rated accordingly. Equally, if a book is unimpressive, it too will be rated in accordance with the review rating system.
Equally, interviews will now be with indie publishers and authors, self-published authors, and other bloggers.
I will, however, continue to produce generalised bookish blogs that you know and love, including 4 Reasons to Visit a Library, Should Book Bloggers Publish Negative Reviews?, The Simple Guide to Netgalley, and more.
Since Tales from Absurdia’s inception, I’ve become far more intrigued by the indie & self-publishing sectors.
I’ve never been in favour of making TfA a genre blog. There are already many fantastic genre bloggers out there, dedicated to sci-fi, or fantasy, or YA fiction, and literary fiction.
But it’s fair to say that I’ve been on a bit of a journey. Prior to starting TfA, I’d only ever read a small handful of books from independent publishers and self-published authors.
It’s also true that, like many, I probably had preconceived notions about self-publishing, including question marks over the quality.
And whilst it is true that self-publishing can be a a minefield for prospective readers, it’s no less true of books published via large, traditional publishing houses.
I’m confident that Tales from Absurdia can make a meaningful contribution to these conversations.
I want to help readers navigate the busy marketplace of self-published works. I also want to give a platform to genuinely world-class indie fiction, such as The Sound Mirror, and share these with my readership.
All of this is underpinned by a truly sincere love of literature.
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