Spearhead is a gathering of authors who combine efforts and resources, link arms through shared branding and emblems, co-occupy websites, and venture out on tour together. Not because they have strong backing, but because their audience is strong enough to trust them and those they create alongside of.I'm actually really looking forward to seeing the heights this can reach. Wayne Thomas Batson, another of the authors, stated that there will be a "...friendly rating system will let readers know the kind of content they can expect. Easy to browse listings and reader reviews--even an interactive forum will allow the most important people: THE READERS to help other readers find something they'll like."
Hopefully some of these features will be released soon and I can't wait to get in on it.
On another note, but also related, one of the biggest problems with independent publishing is it doesn't allow for the amount of quality-editing that publishing houses can provide. When I buy a book from Thomas Nelson, or AMG Publishers, or any of the many publishers out there, I can safely expect the book to be done well. While there's sometimes a typo or two, the writing is typically engaging and flowing. With independent publishing, while if you put enough work into it, it can be up to par with the industry standard or above, but it could also be just awful. I don't want to spend ten bucks on just awful. And that's a big risk that you take when you buy indepenent.
What do you think? Am I overreacting about the quality of indie books? What about this guild? Which direction do you want to see it go? Be heard! Voice your thoughts in the comment section.