Will teens read self-published books?
The answer, based on my personal experience, is a definitive yes.
Yet it was still a surprise when my 13yo son, Dark Omen (aka Adam Quinn), asked if I could recommend some indie/self-published books for him to read. Making a recommendation was more difficult than you might expect, given that I am indie published myself, belong to a writer’s group of 25 indie authors, and have copious amounts of indie books on my ereader. The problem: they’re all YA, which tend to be romance driven, and which Adam is not definitively not interested in (despite my success in getting him to watch the romantic comedy When in Rome).
Adam happens to also be an indie-published author himself – we published his middle grade novel, Adventures At and Around the Galaxy last summer. He’s currently working on the sequel, and while I would be proud of him no matter what (I am his mother after all), Adam does all the things any author should: studies the craft, seeks out workshops on writing (usually given by his mother), joins writing groups (a writing club at school, plus he initiated a small writer’s group of like-minded teens), and works tirelessly on his novel (between homework, band, and fencing). He respects the work that goes into novel writing the way only a writer can: from personal experience in creating works himself. And he’s developing a reputation at school for being a writer, with several of his classmates downloading and reading his novel and a couple more seeking out his critiques on their short stories.
So when Adam announced his plans to review a series of indie novels on his blog this month, I was excited to see what he would write. I shelved (sorted) all the indie books on his Nook (so he would know which were self-published) and then recommended a few that I thought would interest him most. But he made the decision about which one(s) to read, the first being Untraceable by fellow Indelibles author S.R. Johannes. A well-written review is a delight to read, and I think you’ll find Adam’s entertaining. I did, but I could be biased.