Our mission here at Compulsion Reads is simple. We want to establish a quality standard for the indie book industry. A bar, so to speak.
Let’s take a step back and acknowledge that we humans are an opinionated bunch; especially when it comes to books. Get a group of passionate readers together in a room, ply them with a couple glasses of wine, and the arguments will start up immediately. Classic novels will get trashed. Some will fight to the death over the quality of the Twilight series. Even people who enjoyed the same book will find out they like it for completely different reasons.
So how in the world can we establish an objective book review and book endorsement standard?
Even though the gamut of indie books on the market varies greatly in style, genre, pacing, and, well, pretty much everything, we believe that there are fundamental aspects of writing that all good stories share.
These are tent poles, and they include things like a clear and engaging plot, well-developed characters, and correct grammar/punctuation, among others.
If even a single pole is missing or is too weak to hold up the tent, the whole thing comes falling down. Same goes for a novel.
At Compulsion Reads, when we evaluate a book, what we’re really doing is searching for these tent poles and giving them a good push to make sure they’re sturdy. If the tent poles are all intact, we believe the novel has a good chance of appealing to readers of that genre and style.
At Compulsion Reads, we provide indie book endorsements, because we believe readers want to try new authors and fall in love with new books. However, with so many indie books on the market of varying quality, readers are getting burned by bad books and are seeking a reliable way to find quality books. The revelation that a large amount of book reviews are paid for or fake has only heightened the need for an objective book endorsement service.
The Compulsion Reads endorsement also provides indie authors with a way to stand out in this very crowded book market. According to data company Bowkers, over 300,000 self-published books hit the shelves in 2011. All signs point to this number getting bigger and bigger over the coming years.
Authors are struggling big time to convince readers to give their book a chance. The Compulsion Reads endorsement can provide authors a platform to stand on.
What we’re trying to say is that our book endorsement service is meant to spotlight great authors and to provide readers with a convenient and trustworthy way to find great books.