Caleb Pirtle’s list of 100 indie books to read before you die

Caleb Pirtle, III, is undertaking a monumental task.

Mind you, he is vastly overqualified for it, as he has SEVENTY books published, and runs a well-known eponymous indie book site* with his wife, Linda Pirtle (also an author of mysteries), showcasing mysteries and other genres, and has been doing so far longer than I’ve been involved in the online part of writing and indie publishing (I started reading the blogs in 2011, having this one in 2012).

Here is why:

A similarly titled list on Goodreads ‘had completely overlooked, ignored, and paid absolutely no attention to novels written by indie authors.’

(*You may remember VentureGalleries)


DISCLAIMER

Caleb serialized Pride’s Children way back when I was starting to publish Book 1 one scene at a time.

We have become online friends through extended comments on his site – his opinions,  always well expressed and nuanced, lend themselves to conversations on writing and publishing topics.


Here are the first five and the second five.

I’ll update this post (and you should bookmark his and Linda’s blog) as he continues listing the books he thinks should be on the list. He is always open to comments, too.

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4 thoughts on “Caleb Pirtle’s list of 100 indie books to read before you die

    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      Thanks, Nita. Very sweet of you.

      For the record: I congratulated Caleb on his good idea when he published the first set – he wrote back that I was on the list AFTER I had told him I’d tell people about his list. He’s right. There are several other lists and awards and contests, but his list has no financial motive (services such as editing ‘recommended’ by the people holding the contest or giving the award).

      And he’s a pro. 70 books. Hard to fathom that.

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