You can be an excellent writer and be stuck somewhere in Midlist land* either due to circumstance, lack of hype, or a bad alignment of the stars. It’s not a bad place to be—sure, you’re not making the NYT Bestsellers list, but you’re not broke either—but it can be a hard place to break free.
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends.
So today’s the day we celebrate midlist authors we love, ones who don’t get enough attention, recognition, or money. Do your part as a reader to get their name out there, and provide some free marketing for the author that gave you a welcomed read.
For my part I’m going with the two books I’m reading at the moment:
Crunch Time, by Mariah Fredericks, a novel of high school and the SATs (YA). Four unique characters tell the tale of the SATs, studying, high school and cheating in this fun, engaging read.
Her Scandalous Marriage, by Leslie LaFoy, the tale of the bastard daughter of the former Duke of Ryland. LaFoy a favorite of mine because she takes romance conventions and twists them. This is no naïve girl and her hero is equally complex as they negotiate the Victorian time period trying to find their places.
Now it’s your turn. Pick your favorite midlisters, or just people who have given you a good read lately that don’t get enough credit. Post their names, titles and why they rock in the comments section and we’ll compile a list. I’ll draw a name from everyone who posts and that person can pick which of the available (I’m not searching for out of print books) books they would like to read and thus also helping out the midlister chosen.
Good. Make with the recommendations.
*A place where titles like “Blank on the NYT bestseller list” or “blank on the USA Today bestseller list” fear to tread.