Every time I cross the state to visit my parents, I see a billboard with the slogan, "Be a Published Writer!" The advertiser is a 'vanity press' - that is, a publisher who will put any manuscript they receive into print. There was a day when I scorned authors took those measures to become published. But not any more!
A few months ago, I bought an e-reader, and since independently-published e-books tend to be cheaper than the traditionally-published ones, I have gobbled up these indie novels. To my delight, many of them are excellent.
One series, however, has stood in particular. 50 Shades aside, not every indie novel is on the spicy side. The Under Witch Moon series is considered cozy. That is, light in tone, fast-paced, and rated PG. To understand Witch Moon, think of earth magic, supernatural creatures, and mystery all with a southwest flair.
The quality of these books is what makes them stand out among the other indie novels I've read. This goes beyond the issues of copy-editing that (alas!) many indies suffer from. No, Under Witch Moon and Under Witch Aura are tightly-written mysteries with interesting characters. Although the plots are easy to follow, they still keep you guessing. From the beautiful covers to the compelling stories, Witch Moon is a professionally-written and edited series that just so happens to be the work of independent writer, Maria Schneider.
I still chuckle whenever I pass that billboard on the highway, but it's no longer at the writers who take advantage of the vanity press. No, it is at readers who have yet to discover the amazing gems buried in the indie world.
Causes Michelle Scott Supports
Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity