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Your Enthusiasm Kraken | How To Find (Great) Indie Books

Your Enthusiasm Kraken | How To Find (Great) Indie Books

In Search Of Your Inner Kraken

My shelves have been filled with dustless, well-read copies of many of the big traditional names, as I am a fan. (Hello, Nora.) There’s a reason why so many people read big name authors that have been around for decades. They’re usually writing pretty great reads.

(Greetings again, Ms. Roberts.)

However, they are far from the beginning and end of all the gloriousness that is out there to dig your reading claws into – dragging you into a horribly sleepy day after a pulse pounding, page-turning filled night.

But when asked, even I tend to recommend the known name before the unknown.

Even though my reader heart leans so much stronger to the author name I barely remember but the story I cannot forgot. And I long to blabber without end to a compatriot of equal storyline discussion obsession.

(Where are you dear reader? Join me! It was sooooo good!)

But I take the safe road and give the known name.


But what really would happen if I didn’t?

"And maybe that is what people really want to know. About the books I love the mostest that sent my reading socks flying!"

Courage To The Sticky Place

That is an interesting question.

Why do I give the known name and not my preferred?

As if I have more of a chance of them reading my recommendation if it’s a name they recognize?

I wonder if reality is actually the opposite.

Think about it. (Or read about it in my previous blog.) They may have already read and decided they don’t like that known author. Or already have that book.

Or was really looking for something amazingly new.

That someone was rabidly excited about.

(Like me. Grrrrr.)

(That was a rabid growl.)

(…I’ll work on it.)

Maybe I just need to let loose the hounds of war (I know that’s not right) and gush about my very favorite books from all the author names I barely remember.

(Maybe I should remember them, too.)

I should release my Enthusiasm Kraken!

And maybe that is what people really want to know. About the books I love the mostest that sent my reading socks flying!

(A knock-my-socks-off rephrasing.)

As opposed to the medium-warm enthusiasm of a well-known author whose book was really good, again, but my socks were only mildly disheveled and remained firmly on.

(Another such rephrasing.)

I want to have my socks sent skyward because of a book, too! No matter the author of origin.

Release the Kraken?

Bring it.

It Starts Inside You (Oh Please, This Is Barely Cheesy)

Yep! Everything starts with you. What truly are your super favorite books? The names of the obscure authors you kinda might not remember.

Be ready. Ever vigilant! Your opportunity awaits to…

Release your own Enthusiasn Kraken for your favorite books!!

If you have been like me and curtailed your recommendation list down to a chewable level of author staples (like cheese and crackers with deli ham) then shoot for your full truth and include your lesser knowns, and just find a pen! Write it down.

Oh, right. Technology.

Text them.

Heck! Find it on Amazon and send the link. (What?) Or even the author’s own individual store! (What????)

Yes, share and enthuse and gush and tell them about your joyful sleepless nights.

And then wait…what’s that?

They might end up telling you about theirs?

And you’ll get recommendation Amazon links of your own?!?

Stop the presses!

This just in: You might have just found your next favorite book.


(Blog drop.)

It Has Only Just Begun!

I am laughing at myself for this next sentence.

This was an introspective blog.

What you can do to change you for the betterment of others…so you can express yourself truer and lead what you are looking for directly to your buffet table. Because cheese and crackers go only so far. And then you need some spinach dip and a good bacon wrapped jalapeño.

(You know what I’m talking about.)

So next week we venture out into the world looking for our reading banquet upgrade.

See you then, and bring snacks!

Stephanie Writt

Writer, instructor, graphic artist and all around lovely soul, with a generous sense of humor  (yes, I am totally writing this myself), takes delight in sharing her geeky knowledge and ridiculous joy in reading, writing and business. As the current Director of Operation at WMG Publishing Inc., she has the privilege and mischievous pleasure in writing this blog every week. 

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