Welcome to My Indie Monday – a feature that started right here on Me, My Shelf and I that focuses on the wonderful Independent and Small House published authors!
Team member Yvette hated that we couldn’t review every Indie request we got, and thus MIM was born – a way to feature them still!!
This week we Welcome
The Long Way
Release Date: May 19, 2012
In a move that defies all logic and likelihood, a young boy named Spiff is called upon to carry out the most important quest that has ever been undertaken. His mission drags him headlong across the face of the world, through a veritable pantheon of hardships and threats that are at once chilling and baffling. Along the way he meets dragons and madmen, and learns that the lovable and the monstrous are two sides of the same coin.
Conceived as a darkly whimsical loose retelling of the Tolkien saga, The Long Way poses the question that high fantasy rarely cares to ask: Why?
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Other books By Aaron Redfern:
The Forgotten Way
The Long ay Book Two
Release Date: May 12, 2012
Publisher: Book Rix
Two years after the events of The Long Way, Spiff still bears his scars both outside and in. Haunted by his memories, he is compelled to leave the peaceful existence he has known and set out on the second great journey of his life, accompanied by his friend, the Merai girl Miriel. Together they strike out, knowing only that they travel south--to the end of the world if they must.
Stories never really end. The Forgotten Way is about what happens after the world is saved and everyone else has gone home
Praise for THE LONG WAY:
“I loved it. It was just descriptive enough that it wasn’t ‘too much’ and the descriptive text used was intelligent! I love that… I was intrigued and I simply had to see how it all turned out. Oh, and I loved the scenes with the gentle ‘hidden’ people (Merai) and the Dandy, the fairy so desperate to prove himself, he is willing to sacrifice his own life to prove he is worthy of getting his wings. (I tell you, I got a little weepy eyed with that one!)” – The Magnolia Blossom Review
“This is part one of a longer series and The Long Way is a quick 165 page read. It's great for younger readers or someone looking for an easy and fast read. It's also perfect for those who love epic fantasies, wizards, magic and mythical creatures.” – Book Nerd Paradise
“Fantastical. For fans of Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings/etc. This is an outright Fantasy Adventure. I think even though it is a YA novel it can be enjoyed by anyone who likes those types of books.” – Texas Book Nook
“It’s a wild adventure with both familiar and really unusual characters. Some pretty cool stuff. It’s quite a trip. Straight up excellent story-telling of a journey of search and discovery. It’s rich and gooey with abandon and insight. It reads like an homage to the tradition (of crazy fun) of which AR [Aaron Redfern] is obviously a big fan. In this generous offering of crazy fun he upholds those references and introduces some very unique twists and characters.” – Between the Lines
We all know that being an indie author is hard. Not only do you have to write a good book, but every aspect of publishing and marketing is up to you. While you're working overtime to pay the rent, it may be easy to miss some of the silver linings. Here are just a few of the perks of being an indie author.
1) You get to set your own deadlines. As a full-time mainstream author, you'd essentially be given one year to write every book – an unsatisfying compromise at best. As an indie author, you can push yourself to a nervous breakdown or never get anything written, depending on your personal style.
2) It's ok: thanks to changing technology and buying practices, the mainstream publishing industry has no idea what it's doing anymore either. We're all on the same wobbly playing field, tripping over ourselves to get the same ball, which just rolled way over there somewhere.
3) You can find out who your true friends are, because clearly, your true friends will buy all of your books. If you're not above guilt tripping, you can even use this as an angle to boost sales.
4) Your vision will not be edited for marketability. There are no intermediaries. It's all between you and your readers. This means that you're not subject to anyone else's mistakes. You get to make your own. Nobody can take that away from you.
5) Someone finally decided to buy one of your books! Impact on your bank account: ~$1.50 minus tax. Impact on your soul: priceless.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aaron Redfern has been reading and writing fantasy since a time when he could count his age on his fingers. He went to Williams College and studied English, a language in which he was already proficient, and although he learned almost nothing from the English professors, dead poets and novelists taught him a great deal. While at college, he fell thoroughly in love with New England. He has decided never to leave and currently resides near Northampton, Massachusetts.