The goal of this site is to connect writers from across the fiction genre spectrum with readers who want to discover something great.  Specifically, it is to find independent authors who are writing fiction that would generally be deemed “clean”. Because children’s books and nonfiction like cookbooks or business how-tos rarely have explicit content anyway, we do not feature them on the blog because we assume you can find such books easily elsewhere. Our emphasis is on books for readers aged about 12 and up in genres that can sometimes get sketchy in today’s media market.

Does that mean everything featured on this site is squeaky-clean Disney-Princess pure? Well, no. To be honest, I drew the line to mirror my own personal limits, but I know others may disagree with me in either direction. With that in mind, here is what our site can guarantee:

They contain no erotica or sexually explicit scenes. There should be nothing that gives a play-by-play description of a sexual encounter or describes nudity in detail. Mild innuendo, reference to sensual or sexual activity that is “off screen” and not graphically portrayed may be used in some books written for adults, but a warning for that will show up in the interview with the author on the book’s page.

They contain minimal offensive language. There should be no use of the “F-word”. Other words commonly considered as swearing and/or racially offensive terms should be used very sparingly, if at all, and only in an effort to mimic speech in times of great duress for a character (and not just peppered in gratuitously). If a book contains potentially offensive language, it will be noted in the interview with the author on the book’s page.

They contain no graphic violence or gore. There should be nothing that paints a very specific and horrific image in the reader’s mind. Scenes generally described as appropriate for war stories, crime stories, etc. may be present, but that will be referenced in the interview with the author on the book’s page.

In addition:

This site will not post books that tear down another belief system, whether political or religious.


To err is human…


I cannot personally read every submission accepted on the site. I take the author’s word for it if they say a work is “clean”. Authors are responsible for alerting readers in the interview if there is anything that might be “PG” or “PG-13” content. IF you find a book here contains offensive material that was not mentioned in the interview, please leave a comment on the page of the book in question. I will be sure to address the matter promptly, which may mean removing the book from the site. In the last two years, this has only happened once, so I think that bodes well for our record. Thank you for your understanding.

Lia London

Creator & Curator of Clean Indie Reads

12 Responses

  1. Jenelle Schmidt Fellowship of Fantasy

    […] bundle of 28 wonderful flinch free fantasy novels. Why flinch free? We’re all members of the Clean Indie Reads Site which means while not all our books are for children, you won’t find anything more graphic […]

  2. Ruth mcleod-kwarns

    I am an essayist/blogger. I have written 10 novellas and have over 100,000 readers. I write about micro minutes that we all go through. Losingnparents, our kids leaving. Nothing distasteful.

  3. Eileen Sanchez

    I’m not published yet, writing my first novel which is a fictionalization of events in 1969 from three POV characters. One is based on my experience as a white teacher in a segregated black school in Louisiana during the mandated integration of the public schools that year. It’s a “clean” story based on your explanation of “clean”. If I don’t get published traditionally I’ll self publish. So, clean and “indie” are the terms that attracted me to this group for the future.

  4. admin

    Marvelous! The story sounds fascinating. I wish you the best of luck.

  5. Brahim

    I really like this, I am a person who believes that even books written for adults should be as clean as children’s books, I have published some poetry collections and I am working on my first novel for young adults, it’s in the editing process. And I have started writing my first book in a fantasy series, so I hope to get the most from this site and help with all I can .

  6. Michele

    I’m looking forward to getting real feedback , as well as giving it in this group. Best of luck in your careers to everyone here.

  7. admin

    It’s a great group! I love how we have people of all levels, from the person writing their first novel to the NY Times best-seller making big bucks from book sales. We can find ways to help everyone. Have a great day!

  8. Daniel

    While I have written only one book (a clean SF Fantasy) I look forward to communicating with like-minded writers.

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