Most Indie authors are unrecognized and unappreciated
Readers might think that books not published by big name Publishers are not well written or poorly edited, and because the book doesn't sell thousands of copies, it can't be good.
I work with a lot of Indie authors and I can tell you that the majority of the stories are amazing. Indie authors are not bound by the publisher's rules that dictates the authors how and what to write. Publishers want popular genres, certain character development, and exciting, sensational and popular story-line that sells the books.
Indie authors write from the heart and are not restricted by rules but they don't have the financial freedom, such as big publishers, to advertise their books. The majority of Indie authors have to rely on word of mouth advertisement by readers.
When I find the time to read my favorite genres, historical fantasy and suspense, I don't browse the big publishers' website, I look for books on my fellow authors' websites because I know I can find the most original stories there.