Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review for Indiestructible

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 will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

My review:
I'm already a published indie author. It wasn't a decision I made lightly, but it was one that was right for me at this time. All the pros and cons I've experienced firsthand. One of the cons about choosing this path is that it's a lonely one. It's frustrating, draining, and sometimes seemingly impossible. Doing it all myself makes it even more stressful.

What this book did for me was make me smile and filled me with hope. It reminded me that I'm not alone in this journey. There are other writers out there experiencing the same frustrations and challenges. INDIESTRUCTIBLE holds 29 amazing essays from authors walking an indie or small publisher path. Each is unique, but there's one powerful message: Don't give up on your dreams. You can do it too.

I felt stronger for reading: you're never too old to start writing. You're not a failure if you don't have an agent and you're not published by one of the Big 5. If you don't make a million dollars, it doesn't mean your story isn't loved. The laundry may not get done and you may not get much sleep, but with enough semicolons and proper time management, you can publish your own book. That makes you a success.

Thank you so much to all the contributors. This is a book I will keep on my Kindle and return to when I'm feeling lost and lonely. And even on good days, this is an excellent reaffirmation of why I'm proud to be an indie author.


Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!


eBook: $0.99 USD
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
ISBN 10: 0987593102
ISBN 13: 9780987593108
Language: English
Edited & Compiled: by Jessica Bell

Contributing authors: 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 Jessica Bell: 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.

Connect with Jessica online: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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  1. Great review, Christine! This sounds like something I could desperately use!

  2. this book is gonna go far and girl i have seen you everywhere for the 13floor series! congrats to both of you!

  3. Aw, thank you so much for this fantastic review! BIG kisses!

  4. I've been dipping in and out of my copy, and I've been really enjoying it. But, then, I'm basically just really nosey :-)

  5. I love the sound of this book... filled with inspiration:)

  6. Now that I've read your review, I definitely want to read the book.

  7. That's awesome to hear it gave you hope! Honored to be part of this anthology. If I don't give writers hope, nothing will...

  8. Sounds like a good one. I could use some smiles and hope today.

  9. Wow, this sounds like a fantastic book! It can definitely be lonely going the indie route, so I think it's great that an anthology like this exists...

  10. Great review! so glad there's such a resource, so needed! Have my own copy! Thanks everyone for your contributions!

  11. Thanks for the review Christine!

  12. Thank you all for stopping by. It's a great book written by fantastic authors. Definitely inspiring!

  13. Wonderful review! Sounds like an inspiring book we writers should read. :)

  14. What a great review! Can't wait to read this one. :)

  15. What an awesome review, Christine! I'm so glad it was uplifting for you. We all need that.

    I really love your work. In case I hadn't mentioned it in a while.

    If I had a magic button to get us all noticed, I certainly would be beating the crap out of it right now.

    Keep writing.


  16. Thanks for the review! I agree that this indie path can be a little lonely sometimes, and sometimes I just feel like people think I'm crazy for self-pubbing . . . so I don't even always tell them unless they ask about how I was published. Terrible, I know.

  17. LOVE this post, Christine. Very inspiring. Thanks for opening up and sharing your thoughts. :) And I also saw your cover on EJ's blog today and loved it!!!

  18. I was just looking at this book on Amazon. Thanks for sharing your review of it.

  19. a book that inspires hope is invaluable! great review! been seeing this book a lot!

    and congrats to erin from todays post!


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