Awesome Indies Project

If you look over on the left side of my humble blog, you’ll see a number of books written by great indie authors. I don’t read nearly enough indie authors, despite wanting to “in theory.” My reasons:

  • I also haven’t read any James Patterson novels, but I hope to one day, time willing.  Right now, it’s much easier to go with a sure win.  For example, anything by Robert B. Parker.
  • There are too many indie authors to wade through in search of something I can really sink my teeth into, and again it comes down to time.
  • When I’m not writing or watching TV or going-out with the wife or working, I’m probably sleeping.

But I love indie authors. I mean, I am one. And I want to support them, learn from them, and be entertained by them. So I’m making it my mission to read more indies.  And when I find one that I love, I’ll post the book over on the left side in the order in which I find it.


  1. I won’t tell anyone what I’m reading unless I end up liking it…and, therefore, if I don’t like something, nobody will ever know.
  2. I’m reluctant to add authors I’ve had regular, previous contact with through facebook/email. I’m trying to avoid the natural pressure to “help my friends”.  However, this is a rule that I will occasionally break because it just isn’t reasonable for me to avoid my fellow authors.
  3. I won’t take any free books from people, nor respond to lobbying efforts. I will probably build my reading list from the billions of indie authors over on  If anyone replies to this post with books that they want me to read, more power to you, but I can’t respond.
  4. If I like a book, I may put a review here or on Goodreads, but not on Amazon. It’s complicated…

So that’s it.

12 responses to “Awesome Indies Project

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  4. John, I don’t take enough time to tell you how awesome you are. I’m proud to be a part of the same Indie club. Great work.

  5. Hey, John,

    Picked up your book KICK via Bookbub and found myself really impressed, so I popped over here to check out your site. I got into mysteries because of Robert B. Parker. Growing up, Hawk was the baddest man on the planet and I never understood how the Russian in Judas Goat gave he and Spenser everything they could handle.

    I know you can’t respond to every indie author, but if you like post-apocalypse stuff, I’d love for you to check out my title: Robinson Crusoe 2244. I promise, no overdoses or estrogen, whiney characters or punches pulled.

    Anyway, good fortune to you. Keep up the stellar work.

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  8. authorchristyjohnson

    Hello Mr. Monk,

    I just watched your interview on Sci Fi and Fantasy Marketing Podcast, and you mentioned that you wrote a book about a thief, and I am here for anything with thieves. It doesn’t look like it’s available as a paperback on Amazon, and I personally don’t like reading E-books. I occasionally will eventually, but I prefer paperback. Will you make your books paperbacks in the future?

    • Hey man, thanks for reaching out. Glad you caught the show! Love those guys. Yeah, the thief book: I mean to get it out on paperback, but my cover designer is going through some family issues now and don’t want to bother her. But yep, I mean to do that. Cheers 🙂

      • authorchristyjohnson

        Yeah, I love their content. I hope it’s not anything too serious and it all works out well for her. I’ll be looking out for it.

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