Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GOING INDIE? Read Indiestructible

Today on the ol' blog my guest is Jessica Bell, who has compiled and edited a helpful book with insights on indie publishing. Visit her industrious and creative blog HERE.

Do you need motivation and inspiration to self-publish?

Do you need information to sign a contract with an interested small press?

Have you done all the indie research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea?

Here's Jessica:
by Jessica Bell

The day I realized I’d been obsessing over my sales figures way too much was the day I closed my eyes and tried to think about the real reason I am an indie author.

Is my primary goal to make money? No. So why do I keep obsessing over my sales stats? I realized it’s because more sales means more people reading my work. What I really really want is to be read. I want to share the one thing in this world I would cut my fingers off for. I know. If I didn’t have any fingers, I wouldn’t be able to physically write, but you know what I mean.

My passion for writing comes with a perpetual replacement button, attached to my side seam, just in case it becomes unraveled, and falls off, after a day gallivanting through the publishing jungle. It can be tough in there, but in the end, being an indie author is OH SO WORTH IT.

This made me wonder …  what’s everybody else’s story?
Then Indiestructible was born.

Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Pretty amazing, huh?
What are you waiting for?
Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!

About Jessica:
The Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet, and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning. She is the co-publishing editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca.

Contributing authors to INDIESTRUCTIBLE:
Alex J. Cavanaugh -- Angela Brown -- Anne R. Allen -- Briane Pagel -- C.S. Lakin -- Ciara Knight -- Cindy M. Hogan -- D. Robert Pease -- Dawn Ius -- Emily White -- Greg Metcalf -- Jadie Jones -- Jessica Bell -- Karen Bass -- Karen Walker -- Kristie Cook -- Laura Diamond -- Laura Pauling -- Laurel Garver -- Leigh Talbert Moore -- Lori Robinson -- Melissa Foster -- Michael Offutt -- Michelle Davidson Argyle -- Rick Daley -- Roz Morris -- S.R. Johannes -- Stephen Tremp -- Susan Kaye Quinn


Thank you, Jessica! I'm sure going indie has crossed all our writerly minds more than once these days, especially as the traditional marketplace is shrinking and becoming more and more competitive.

How can you lose at this price? Check it out for only 99c!

Click HERE to purchase INDIESTRUCTIBLE. At the very least, your near-dollar will go toward a worthwhile cause.

Have you ever considered self-publishing or small press, or have you done so already?
If you haven't gone indie/self-published, what are your reasons NOT to?
Are you going to purchase and investigate the info in Jessica's book?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In Between Novels + Award

Yeah...I have it. That restless and slightly grumpy feeling. Because I've finished my WIP and have gone through it once already with a revision. That's cool, but I have to figure out what to do while it's sitting and I spend some much-needed time away from it. I know I could start another book. And I just might. I can only read published books--my "research"--and catch up on normal (boring) everyday stuff for 2 or 3 weeks, and then I go nutso. I have to start writing something.

Thoughts and snippets of new dialogue and plot ARE wisping through my brain, so that's a good sign. I've been writing those thoughts down in a document. When I finish critiquing one more manuscript for someone else this week, I'll probably start developing my Shiny New Idea. Now that will be fun!  

Also…I've been awarded the Super Sweet Blogger Award from Crystal Collier! Thanks very much, Crystal. Visit her fun blog HERE.

I'm supposed to answer some super sweet questions.
1. What is your favorite dessert? I really can't choose between chocolate chip cookies, banana bars with cream cheese frosting, chocolate mousse pie, or chocolate eclairs.
2. When do you like desserts most? I don't eat them that often, due to my egg/gluten/dairy allergies. But I prefer them for lunch so I have time to burn off the calories before bedtime.
3. Do you prefer cookies or cake? Depends on my mood--and the kind of cookies or cake. Some are simply more tempting than others!

Do you get grumpy or restless after you finish a novel or a writing project?
What do you DO during your interims, when you're in between projects?
What is your favorite dessert? How do you exercise to counteract the calories?