Did you ever stop to think about how many books are available out there right now? There are hundreds of millions of them. How did that happen? Twenty years ago it was nothing like that. You could certainly have walked into a large bookstore back then and seen tens of thousands of titles to choose from, but nothing like today.
Think about the book industry in comparison to the music industry. Twenty years ago a talented musician had only one chance to be found. If he or she didn’t get found by a major record label they had no chance at reaching an audience. But then along came a thing called Napster. Napster revolutionize the entire music industry and turned it upside down. As the Internet evolved every musician had a chance to record and publish his or her work and reach an audience.
Today you’re seeing the same upheaval in the book industry. Hundreds of thousands, or perhaps millions of authors are striking out on their own and writing their life’s work. These are the Indies. These are the unknowns. And yet somewhere among this mass of talent lies perhaps one of the greatest novels ever written. What’s the name of the novel? Right now, no one knows. But you can bet it is out there. It is waiting to be discovered. Indie authors are brave. They decide to do something creative that they believe is worthwhile. They decided to put themselves out there for the world to see. They decide to take that first bold step.
It can be a frightening thing to publish your creative work. What if everyone hates it? What if everyone thinks you have no talent? These are the challenges that the Indie author faces. Do you face these challenges like this in your day-to-day life at your job? Probably not. So when you see a book written by an unknown author, don’t dismiss it. For somewhere out there lies the greatest collection of written words ever put down.
So go out there today and find a book by an unknown author. If you like what you see, buy it. You may have just found something truly amazing.