What every indie author wants for Christmas

I think anyone who has written a book can relate to Dylan’s Christmas gift idea. Just saying…

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Christmas Present

I was going to write a long post on the best things to buy an indie author this Christmas but I hit writers block. It wasn’t that I’d run out of ideas, it was because one gift idea completely swamped the others in terms of relevance. What is it that most indie authors would like for Christmas?

That a book of theirs was given as a gift to somebody else.

Most of us are too modest – or think the idea too crass – to give our own work out at Christmas. We hate self-promotion at the best of times but even for those of us who have reluctantly grasped the marketing nettle, giving out our own work as presents to friends and family is a step too far.

However, this doesn’t stop us from gifting the work of our peers that we’ve enjoyed to our friends or family, or from you for…

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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6 Responses to What every indie author wants for Christmas

  1. Amber Prince says:

    I am a book giver for Christmas. And birthdays. There are currently 12 wrapped books under my tree atm. But I’ve never thought about giving an e-book, I am not even sure how I would go about doing so. It’s an interesting idea to chew on for next year though.

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    • For KIndles, I think there’s a button that says “Give” or “Give as gift” or something right under the purchase button. I’m a book-giver, too. That’s mostly what we give. 🙂

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  2. TanGental says:

    I thought it looked neat. I love getting books and then dreading finding the time to read them!

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Books are what I love most to give and receive, especially to children.

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  4. Awesome post. It’s a gift to the person receiving the book and a gift to the author who wrote it. Win-win.


    • TanGental says:

      He posts good stuff for indie authors and he’s v generous with his knowledge too. He helped me trough a few horrid issues getting the paperback version of my book out and in good shape.

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