“I AM INDIE; HEAR ME ROAR!”
by Kristie Cook
When author Jessica Bell first approached me about contributing to Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle, I thought, “Great idea!” and then thought, “What ever will I write about?” Although I still didn’t know, I jumped on the opportunity. And then I fretted. I wanted to be so inspiring that the reader would throw down the book, spring to his/her feet and exclaim, “I CAN DO THIS! I WILL DO THIS! I AM INDIE; HEAR ME ROAR!”
But what topic would do such a thing? I didn’t know. Making the decision to self-publish is not an easy one that should be taken lightly. It’s a lot of work. I mean A. LOT. But the rewards are unimaginable. Seriously—I never imagined all that I would gain by going this route. And I’ve gained so much.
So I considered writing about those rewards—the success I’ve seen as an indie author. Although so many authors have done much better financially than I have, I’ve done pretty well, and that’s not the only benefit. By far. Still . . . that idea didn’t grab me.
As I nearly drove myself crazy thinking about the perfect topic for my essay, I continued answering the fan mail I received, often from new writers asking for advice. And that’s when it hit me—this is the advice I give every day. And it’s meant to be inspiring. So why not share it with everyone without them having to personally write to me?
I had my topic—the advice I give most frequently to new writers and to those considering indie publishing: Never Give Up. Perseverance Pays Off. Will my essay cause you to spring to your feet, scare the crap out of your family and send your pets running to another room as you make your proclamation? I highly doubt it (and if it does, please let me know!). But with the incredible line-up of contributing authors you will be reading in this book, I have no doubt you will be by the end.
100% of proceeds will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.
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
About Kristie Cook:
Kristie Cook writes the bestselling, award-winning SOUL SAVERS SERIES, which will include seven novels, companion novellas, and short stories. She also writes THE BOOK OF PHOENIX SERIES, a trilogy (for now anyway). Both are new adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasies. She has many other ideas jotted in notebooks scattered around the house and more in her head, but she’s learned to write for whatever character screams the loudest. It’s kind of hard to hear the others, so may as well make the noisy one happy. She’s often procrastinating on Facebook (way too often) and sometimes even jumps onto Twitter.
Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? “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.
100% of proceeds from “Indiestructible” purchases will be donated to BUILDON.org
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Genre – Non-fiction
Rating – G
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