Here's what I think about pumpkin spice...

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I need to make this declaration as Thanksgiving approaches.
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Happy Saturday, Friend.

As we near a most cherished American holiday next week, I need to make this declaration:

I hate all the traditional Thanksgiving foods. Not the holiday, itself, just the loathsome boring menu. I detest the bland, dry turkey and the cloyingly sweet sweet potatoes. Stuffing is simply leftover stale bread cubes wallowing in butter. And don't get me started on the overrated abomination that is pumpkin pie and the seasonal plague of all things pumpkin spice. Here's exhibit A that we've taken things too far: Pumpkin Spice Colognefor your dog!

Wow—it felt great to get that off my chest. So let's keep it going. Here's another viewpoint that might be unpopular for a few of you: Making audiobooks is a terrible investment for indie authors.

Let me be clear: I'm not a hater of the format. Just as I enjoy the upcoming holiday, I like listening to Audiobooks. They're a wonderful way to enjoy books, and with the rise in ownership of smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and the Google Home, they'll continue to increase in prominence. But with high production costs and limited royalties, creating audiobooks is the last thing a new indie author should consider. My blog post, “Why Audiobooks Are A Bad Investment For Most Independent Authors,” makes the argument that self-published authors have more important ways to invest in their publishing career.

But back to next Thursday: I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't stomach the upcoming traditional Thanksgiving feast. So while your family and friends are enjoying lumpy gravy and canned cranberry sauce, I offer this selection of the best Thanksgiving books for you to enjoy.

All the best,
Steven Spatz
Steven Spatz
President, BookBaby
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