Five (More) Self-Published Books You Should Be Reading


One of the more popular articles I wrote last year detailed some of the great new writers I found by accident. Well, I’ve kept reading, and I’ve found a few more self-published books that made me gasp, laugh until tears ran down my face, and shake my head because the writing was so strong. The parameters are the same as last time. Going in I could not know the author personally, the book had to be self-published, and it had to be a work that surprised me. Here’s this year’s edition:



1.  Michelle Granas

Swans Are Fat Too

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Eastern European

I loved the title. I’m so glad I found this book and her other work, Zaremba, Or Love And The Rule Of Law. It’s a genre that I don’t normally read, and that’s a good thing. I was glad to try something different. The writing has a nice, relaxed flow and the story keeps pulling you in. The main attraction though, is the characters. The writer has a way of introducing the reader to characters that makes them seem familiar from the first few lines. When the story ended I knew I was going to miss spending time with them. Oh, and I just noticed that she’s written a new book. Guess what I just bought?

2. Stacey Cochrane

Eddie And Sunny

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Noir

Stacey interviewed me for an article he was writing on Indie publishing a couple of years ago, but we did not keep in touch. When I saw that his book was one of the first recipients of the Kindle Scout program I decided to check it out. This is a book that is full of despair, but even with its bleakness I found it impossible to put down. It has shades of the Michael Collins book, Emerald Underground, and even reminded a little of Angela’s Ashes. Within the first few pages I didn’t feel like I was following the story, I felt like I was part of the story. There’s an incident at the beginning that had me holding my breath and empathizing with the characters immediately. Brilliant writing and like the others on this list this is a book that deserves to be read.

3. Iman Aghay

The Game Changer: 10 Defining Moments That Changed Lives

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Business Life > Personal Success

This one breaks my rule – a little bit. I know Iman; I spoke at one of his Meetup events. But, I never intended to read his book. Iman is a very, very smart guy. He’s wired differently. He has analytical skills that I can only dream of, and it shows in this book. He’s assembled a group of nine successful folks and they impart their wisdom on these pages. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but this is presented in a very accessible manner. I even found myself making notes as I read along.

4. Virginia Gray

The Carrot

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Romantic Comedy

This is a funny, funny book. The author contacted me and asked me for some advice. I don’t always do this, but I decided to check out the book at the same time. This is not the book you think it might be. It’s a very unique story. The characters are intriguing and the dialogue is snappy and original. If you need a laugh this is perfect escapism. Well worth checking out.

5. M.L. Gardner

1929 Series

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Sagas

Let me tell you a story. I have a very good friend who thinks I know every author in the world. She was at her cabin and called me to ask if I knew whether M.L. Gardner’s new book was available yet, because of course I know every author in the world. M.L. is a friend of a friend so I hooked the two of them up. My real-life personal friend was so excited to meet the author that I knew I had to check out M.L.’s work. I’m very glad I did. I love a series of books and this does not disappoint. Start with the 1929 Series and learn what happens to a group of friends when the stock market crash happened. This is great storytelling.

I enjoy stories that don’t feel or sound as though they’re recycled from a TV show. The above books are unique and definitely well-written but deadlist-final for webthey’re well-presented too. The authors have found a way to tell their story (I still consider the non-fiction entry storytelling as they get their message across), in a readable, unique manner. I hope you take the time to check them out.

And, in my next blog post I’m going to tell you about my new (soon to be released), book. Here’s a preview of the cover:

Talk to you soon!



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  1. Stacey says:

    Cheers! I would love to hear everyone’s perspective on the future of self publishing and what the biggest challenge was that you faced when you self published.

    • Martin Crosbie says:

      Thanks for checking in Stacey. And thank you for writing such a great book. I very much enjoyed “Eddie and Sunny”.

  2. Iman says:

    Thanks Martin for such a great list and including “The Game Changer: 10 Defining Moments That Changed Lives” in this list.
    Without you this book would never be done! I got inspired by your talk when you spoke at our meetup group last year. Following that your book “how I Sold 30,000 E-Books On Amazon’s Kindle” and your kind support of my team and me was the most valuable guide we have ever had in our book publishing team.

    Thanks again and I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

    I’m also looking forward to reading the other books on this list. I’m not a novel reader generally but you are convincing me:)

    • Martin Crosbie says:

      You’re welcome Iman. I hope you enjoy the other books. I know I did! Good luck with “The Game Changer…” Such an excellent title!

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