Monday, April 9, 2012

A Teen Review of Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

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.

Check out Dark Omen's Review of Untraceable





14 comments:

  1. Great review and I think his interest in Indie books is not so surprising given yours and his positive experience as authors :-) There is still a gap in the market for non romance-driven YA, huh?

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    1. The teen boy YA market is definitely underserved! I think most teen boys that read end up graduating early to adult books - I haven't read adult books in a while (indie or otherwise, something I need to remedy), which was one reason it was difficult to make a recommendation (I recovered quickly :)).

      And I guess you're right, I shouldn't be surprised! :)

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  3. I think that's so awesome your son is writing. Wish him the best!Going to check out his review.

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    1. Thanks Eliza! I'm very proud of him. :)

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  4. I think it's great that your son is reading AND reviewing books, Susan. I also think it's great that kids couldn't care less who published the book as long as the story is good. :)

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    1. Me too! I think kids are very open to new things, and there’s something about being scrappy independents that appeals to kids, especially teens. Can’t imagine where they get that from. :)

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  5. I'm looking forward to reading Untraceable, I've heard nothing but good things.

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  6. Yay for Dark Omen!! I really enjoyed Untraceable! :)

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  7. Maybe I should start taking some reviewing tips...

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  8. I love that your son is so very involved in writing. Mine loves books, but he isn't interested enough to blog about it! Or self-publish. At least not yet! :D Good for him and for you!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I encourage him, but he's a hard worker when he gets excited about something, and he's been the one deciding to do these things. I think kids have to find their passions, but when they do, look out! :)

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  9. I can't wait to see what your son says. I loved the book and can't wait for the sequel. :D

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  10. Great review by your son. I loved the setting too.

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