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?


  1. Thank you so much for posting about the book! :)

  2. Congrats, Jessica Bell. Because of where the money goes, I'll invest only 99 cents to this cause. I believe in rooting out poverty and illiteracy.

  3. Very cool. I'm going to try and ignore sales stats and focus elsewhere then. In one of my support groups we donates to Build On, and it's great to be involved.

  4. I'm not ready to go Indie yet. Might happen later down the track though.
    Congrats to everyone involved in the book.

  5. That is pretty amazing. Congrats on compiling all the stories Jessica.

    Hi Carol :)

    Hope you both have a good weekend.


  6. What a great anthology... and such a good cause. I'll get a copy to keep on the back burner when and if the time comes that I go Indy.... knowledge is power.

    Hi, Carol...
    It's been ages. So much has happened. I need to update you... I wish it were good writing news... lol.

  7. This sounds like a great resource. I have my copy.

  8. Yes I have considered self-publishing. However, I do not feel I've exhausted my options to be traditionally published yet.

    Congrats to Jessica and the other contributors of Indiestructible!

  9. I love the idea of this. We can learn so much from other writers!

  10. I think you really have to have a lot of confidence in yourself to go indie. Jessica is a wonderful writer.


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