I’ve begun Operation: review self-pubs (or ORSP, for short), and I’m super excited about it! I’m pretty new to the world of reading self-published books. Several years ago I put a short story of mine on one of those websites like fictionpress.net. I got a positive review from a stranger, so I checked out her profile. She said that she had written a novel, and I was just so flattered that a published novelist liked my story! So I looked for her book in my local book store. It wasn’t there so I ordered it.
And that was how I first learned about the world of self-publishing. I think the book was about vampires. It may have been lesbian erotica. It was definitely poorly formatted (huge gaps in text). I couldn’t finish it.
Moving on in my self-pub journey, through Goodread’s first reads program I received free copies of two self-published books: Hiding in Sunshine and and collection of erotica stories called Single and Sexy Confessions. Hiding in Sunshine, it was so bad I couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t that there were typos. It was just a bad story. And I felt so bad writing a review for it since it was written by a teenager and her dad. Single and Sexy Confessions was actually not bad, for erotica, once I got past the typos. In terms of higher quality self-published books, I’ve enjoyed Nicole Hamlett’s books.
So now it’s on to experience more of the joys of self-published novels. But I’m cautious.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
So I go to Smashwords looking for something short and find this: Charmed City. I’m excited! It’s local!
It’s also bad. I read the first story. Thumbs down. Interesting concept but poorly executed. It’s also published by what I suspect is one of the fake presses the Insatiable Booksluts was trying to tell us about. But I’m the kind of person that gives people the benefit of the doubt, so if it’s a real press, then it won’t further my goal of reading self-published books.
I move on and find a free young adult novella (well, the author called it a short story, but I’m calling it a novella because I want to) titled Shattered by Sandra Madera.
The price is certainly right (give me a break! I’m just testing the waters). So I download it and give it a try.
Right now I’m about half-way through. How is it? I’m happy to say that so far so good! Stay tuned. Later this week, I’ll bring a review.